Chinese Take-Away

(Un cuento chino)
(Argentina, 2011, 93 mins, DCP)
CAST Richardo Darin, Ignacio Huang, Muriel Santa Ana

Kicking off with one of the most outrageous and surprising opening scenes in recent memory (or indeed, ever), this award-winning Argentinian film is a gentle character comedy with more substance than first meets the eye.

The great Argentinean actor Ricardo Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes; Carancho; Nine Queens) stars as a taciturn, embittered hardware storekeeper, Roberto, whose solitary life is turned upside down when he takes pity on a newly-arrived Chinese immigrant, dumped on the side of the road by an unscrupulous taxi driver. No good deed goes unpunished: Jun speaks no Spanish, and the address he brandishes for his only living relative turns out to be a dead-end. Roberto reluctantly allows him to stay in the spare room behind the store until the situation can be straightened out in the morning. But fate has other ideas…

"This is a gem of a film that once seen, will never be forgotten." Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

"It is hardly possible to suggest how involving this story becomes… To a degree unusual in most films, I became involved in the fates of these men…I cared." 4 stars, Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A Spanish Amelie… Delightful… that rare gem." Adam Fresco, Flicks