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A CHINESE TAKE-AWAY

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Roberto’s life came to a standstill twenty years ago on account of a serious twist of fate. Since then he has been living the life of a recluse in his house, his only contact with the world being his hardware shop; that is, until a strange occurrence shakes him up and brings him back to life.


 


A CHINESE TAKE-AWAY is a profound and moving black comedy, which tells the story of a chance meeting between Roberto (Ricardo Darín) and a Chinese man called Jun (Huang Sheng Huang) who is aimlessly wandering around Buenos Aires in search of an uncle, his only living relative. The paths of Roberto and Jun cross as the latter is being thrown from a taxi after having been attacked by the taxi driver and his henchmen. From that moment on a forced and strange co-existence begins, given that Roberto does not speak Chinese and Jun hasn’t a word of Spanish. The reclusive hardware dealer tries to leave Jun at the local police station and then at the Chinese embassy, but nobody wants to take responsibility for him. Faced with no other alternative, Roberto brings him home, his sense of humanity winning out over his love for the solitary life and preventing him from abandoning Jun in the street like a dog.


 


Thus begins a forced co-existence as Roberto does everything in his power to resettle Jun. Everything he tries is doomed to failure, albeit giving rise to lot’s of humours situations.


 


The co-existence between someone from the western world and an oriental, tempered somewhat by the presence of Mari (Muriel SantaAna), a young country girl who aspires to win the love of Roberto, serves to show that two completely different men, from the different sides of the world and diverse cultural backgrounds can practically be kindred spirits, joined as they are by a strange twist of fate about which they are wholly unaware. By way of this co-existence both will manage to find the true path to sorting out their lives.


 


UN CUENTO CHINO es una comedia profunda, emotiva, con altas dosis de humor negro, que narra el fortuito encuentro entre Roberto (Ricardo Darín)  y un chino llamado Jun (el actor Huang Sheng Huang)  que deambula perdido por la ciudad de Buenos Aires en busca de un tío,  el único familiar que tiene vivo.  Roberto se topa con Jun es al momento que es arrojado a la calle desde el interior de un taxi, luego de haber sido asaltado por el chofer y sus secuaces. A partir de entonces comienza una forzada y extraña convivencia entre ambos, pues Roberto no habla chino y Jun ni una palabra de español. El ermitaño ferretero intenta dejarlo en una comisaría y luego en la embajada  de China, pero nadie lo quiere recibir y no tiene mas remedio  que llevarlo a su casa pues por sobre su apego a una vida solitaria prima su sentido humano que le impide dejar al oriental  abandonado en la calle como  un perro.


 


Comienza así una convivencia forzada, a la vez que Roberto intenta todo lo que está a su alcance para reubicar  a Jun, las que por una u otra cosa, fallan,  generándose situaciones de mucho humor.


 


La convivencia entre un occidental y un asiático, matizada por la presencia de Mari (Muriel SantaAna), una muchacha de campo que se ilusiona con enamorar a Roberto,  mostrará que dos hombres muy diferentes, provenientes de las antípodas del mundo y de culturas distintas pueden ser prácticamente almas gemelas unidas por un extraño destino común que ambos ignoran. Y en esta convivencia ambos hallarán el verdadero camino para la resolución de sus vidas.


 


A CHINESE TAKE-AWAY is a profound and moving black comedy, which tells the story of a chance meeting between Roberto (Ricardo Darín) and a Chinese man called Jun (Huang Sheng Huang) who is aimlessly wandering around Buenos Aires in search of an uncle, his only living relative. The paths of Roberto and Jun cross as the latter is being thrown from a taxi after having been attacked by the taxi driver and his henchmen. From that moment on a forced and strange co-existence begins, given that Roberto does not speak Chinese and Jun hasn’t a word of Spanish. The reclusive hardware dealer tries to leave Jun at the local police station and then at the Chinese embassy, but nobody wants to take responsibility for him. Faced with no other alternative, Roberto brings him home, his sense of humanity winning out over his love for the solitary life and preventing him from abandoning Jun in the street like a dog.


 


Thus begins a forced co-existence as Roberto does everything in his power to resettle Jun. Everything he tries is doomed to failure, albeit giving rise to lot’s of humours situations.


 


The co-existence between someone from the western world and an oriental, tempered somewhat by the presence of Mari (Muriel SantaAna), a young country girl who aspires to win the love of Roberto, serves to show that two completely different men, from the different sides of the world and diverse cultural backgrounds can practically be kindred spirits, joined as they are by a strange twist of fate about which they are wholly unaware. By way of this co-existence both will manage to find the true path to sorting out their lives.

Script: Sebastián Borensztein


Direction: Sebastián Borensztein


Producers: Gerardo Herrero, Juan Pablo Buscarini, Pablo Bossi


Executive producer: Mariela Besuievsky


Production director: Josean Gómez - Marcelo LaTorre


Director of photograph: Rodrigo Pulpeiro


Art director: Laura Musso - Valeria Ambrossio


Sound: Eduardo Esquide


Film editor: Fernando Pardo


Make-up: Antonia Perez-Lucila Robirosa


Assistant director:  Alejandra Uz


Hair stylist: Kenyar Padilla


Music:  Lucio Godoy