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Tetro (2009)

Vincent Gallo , Francis Ford Coppola  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate - Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035L1PHI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tetro" on IMDb

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Even assuming one agrees that Tetro is Francis Ford Coppola's "best since Apocalypse Now," as one pundit put it, that's not saying a whole lot--the three decades since the latter film, the culmination of a decade (the 1970s) in which Coppola also turned out the first two Godfather chapters and The Conversation, haven't exactly witnessed an unbroken string of artistic and commercial triumphs for the director-writer-producer. Still, Tetro, a breathtakingly gorgeous film addressing such timeless themes as dark family secrets and father-son rivalries, has a great deal going for it. As the story begins, soon-to-be 18-year-old Bennie Tetrocini (Alden Ehrenreich) finds himself in Buenos Aires, where the cruise ship on which he works has stopped for repairs. As it happens, that's also where his half-brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo), who now calls himself Tetro, lives with his smart, pretty girlfriend, Miranda (Maribel Verdu). But when Bennie appears at the couple's apartment, his reception isn't exactly warm and fuzzy. Tetro, an unfulfilled writer (he's "a genius without enough accomplishments," says Miranda), is an angry, bitter fellow who has long since ceased all contact with his family, admonishing his sibling that "in our family, love is a quick stab in the heart." Most of his rage is directed toward his father (Klaus Maria Brandauer, seen only in flashback), a world-famous symphony conductor and a profoundly conceited, cruel man, but there's more--much more, and as Tetro grudgingly lets Bennie into his life, shocking incidents and revelations of many long-hidden truths ensue. Most of this is presented in luminous black and white (the flashbacks are in color), courtesy of cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.; the film is wonderful to look at, and Coppola's sure hand behind the camera combines with evocative music, the richness of the setting, and some excellent acting to make Tetro a vivid and rewarding viewing experience. Copious bonus material includes a director's commentary track and a clutch of featurettes. --Sam Graham

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Fresh-faced and naive, 17-year-old Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) arrives in Buenos Aires to search for his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade. The family had emigrated from Italy to Argentina, but with the great musical success of their father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), an acclaimed symphony conductor, the family moved from Argentina to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the volatile and melancholy poet Tetro (Vincent Gallo), he is not at all what Bennie expected. In the course of staying with Tetro and his girlfriend Miranda (Maribel Verdú), Bennie grapples with his brother and the haunting experiences of their shared past in this widely acclaimed film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.

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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the secret and don't you dare to tell! January 30, 2010
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This film cannot in any way be summarized without destroying all possible pleasure in the spectator or viewer. It is a film that is full of various keys and enigmas, each one about what follows or what precedes, anaphora and cataphora melting into catatonia.

Let's say that Coppola deals here with the eternal theme of the relation between the father and the son but he multiplies the relation like with a mirror and ends up with the impossibility to know who the father is and who the son is, who the fathers are and who their sons are.

He then multiplies the rivalries and desires of all type, sexual, emotional, professional or whatever among and around these men. We don't know who made who and who is made by whom, and when these binary relations turn ternary, the trios are absolutely undecipherable. The father makes the son and the son makes the father, for sure, but in what order and in what direction.

This brings us to a far more interesting aspect of the film. The creative act itself, the act of procreation sublimated into a work of literature or drama, into writing, front side back and back side front and maybe some other possibilities too. Then this act is at once surrounded by the ambition, the jealousy and the greed of all those who could in a way or another put their grubby hands onto the work of art and especially the royalties that could be generated by success. And we come to the idea that it takes far more than one father to produce a work of art and the work of art is the son of far more than one father. And anyway this work of art is nothing but a lie and a confused disguise for the real reality that the main concerned people do not want to let out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Crown Jewel of Cinema May 30, 2010
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Francis For Coppola has created a major cinematic miracle in his TETRO. The film is hauntingly beautiful to see, to hear, and to challenge the minds of the viewers. This is what great cinema is all about - taking the risks of storytelling to the impossible extremes available to only the great writer/directors such as Federico Fellini, Alain Resnais, Alexander Sokurov, François Truffaut, Jean Renoir, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, and Luis Buñuel. Heady company, this, but Coppola rises to the occasion with this multilayered exploration of family secrets and the dissection of the concept of 'genius' - all in the quiet guise of autobiographical references that make this work more than simply one of his many successful films. He has the grace to select artists of his own caliber to assist him: the cinematography (as complex a marriage of rich black and white and stunning color as anyone has achieved) is by Mihai Malaimare, Jr.; the musical score is by the brilliant Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov whose atmospheric compositions mesh perfectly with the influential moments of Puccini, Brahms, Offenbach, and Delibes; and a group of actors whose range of talent spans decades of experience and levels of finesse. It all works to one end, and that end is a celebration of a master's art of making memorable film.

The setting is Buenos Aires where Tetro (Vincent Gallo), a writer of plays and novels, all incomplete and written in code and confusing manner - never having published any of his output, lives with Miranda (the brilliant Maribel Verdú), a doctor at the 'insane asylum' where she met Tetro as her patient.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up, Francis May 3, 2010
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It's official now. With his latest film, Tetro, a mad fever dream of a family angst drama that plays out like a telenovela on acid, Francis Ford Coppola has become Colonel Kurtz. OK, perhaps I exaggerate a tad. I don't really mean to insinuate that the venerable 70-year old director has literally gone completely around the bend in his new film; but as an artist, it signals that he has come full circle-in a sort of insane fashion. Back in 1963, under the auspices of the famously "no-budget" producer Roger Corman, a then 24-year old Coppola wrote and directed a B & W horror cheapie called Dementia 13. The story revolved around a twisted family with dark secrets; and in one scene I seem to remember one of the family members creeping about the estate wielding an axe. While it's not techinically "horror", one could thumbnail Tetro as a B & W film revolving around a twisted family with dark secrets; and, oddly enough, there is a scene wherein a family member creeps about an estate...wielding an axe.

Coppola has cooked up a Tennessee Williams meets Douglas Sirk family stew (with just a hint of balletic Powell and Pressburger opera tossed in for flavoring). Tetro (Vincent Gallo) is an ex-pat living in Buenos Aires with his therapist turned girlfriend Miranda (Mirabel Verdu). Tetro is a troubled soul; a highly gifted but unpublished writer-poet with a history of mental breakdowns who has willfully estranged himself from his family (for complex reasons that are unraveled in very deliberate, sudsy fashion). He is quite chagrined when an unwelcomed boulder comes smashing through this wall of self-imposed exile in the form of his younger brother Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich), who shows up on his doorstep one day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Your Time
Flawed but thought provoking; enjoyed it and still reviewing some of the layers. Definitely recommended to those who enjoy abstract, Felliniesque movies.
Published 1 month ago by Dylan's Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
A throwback to the autear films of the 70's. They just don't make films like this anymore. What a pleasure. Coppola in his prime. Loved it every second of it.
Published 2 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars He's still got it!
I was amazed at the sure beauty of the shots in this film. There is something raw & primal, but refined at the same time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Courtney Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
classic
Published 4 months ago by Glenn Louis Syktich
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cinematography but difficult plot to follow
I loved the visuals in this film but found it difficult to follow the story line. Characters seemed to appear without being introduced. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jil
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Tetro
I loved this movie. Fascinating plot. It really draws you into the lives and emotions of the characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna Faith Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Tetro Lives
Directed by Frances Ford Coppola, Tetro, a film that examines themes of rivalry, genius and secrets, unravels itself through the dysfunctional Tetrocini family or more specifically... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Goughy
5.0 out of 5 stars Coppola Continues
A brilliant introspective family saga revealing the physiological - social patterns that prevent people from living self love and sharing love with those most essential to them,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jagran Frank Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I really enjoyed this movie. Well acted, great story, somewhat relate-able with a twist ending. Love that I could rent it without leaving my house!
Published 16 months ago by M. White
3.0 out of 5 stars More Dysfunction & Tragedy
With your usual family secrets and twist ending. To be fair, this is shot more beautifully than most and the acting is fairly solid. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr. contrarian
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