Directed by: Sebastián Borensztein
Written by: Sebastián Borensztein
Starring: Ricardo Darín, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5
A delightful Argentinean film, Chinese Take-away will bring a smile to your face. A cheerful, young Chinese man’s world is turned upside down when his fiancée dies unexpectedly (and unfortunately somewhat comically). Half a world away, Roberto (Ricardo Darín) is a lonely man who enjoys that fact, or so he thinks.
Roberto owns a hardware shop in Buenos Aires, where he meticulously keeps inventory, and has a very short fuse for imbeciles. He has some rather odd habits, and, against his true feelings, he also ignores the advances of the beautiful Mari (Muriel Santa Ana).
One day, as Roberto is having lunch by the airport, he sees the young Chinese man, Jun (Ignacio Huang), robbed and thrown out of a taxi. Jun doesn’t speak a word of Spanish and breaks into hysterics. Roberto reluctantly helps the young man and inevitably gets stuck housing him while the Chinese Embassy searches for Jun’s only living relative.
The two men, with no shared language and Roberto’s hatred of not being alone, create a wonderful dynamic. Roberto struggles to tolerate Jun, while Jun struggles to find a way to thank Roberto for his help. It isn’t until the end of the film, when the pieces come together, that we learn the reason behind Roberto’s peculiarities.
A fantastic foreign flick with a smart script, amazing characters, and superb acting – Chinese Take-away, directed by Sebastián Borensztein, loses nothing in translation.
Chinese Take-away is a gorgeous film that will make you laugh and smile. In Cinema’s Now!
Category: Film & TV