A Useful Life

A Useful Life

Jorge lives with his parents and has been working at a Film Archive for 25 years. He is a film programmer, he makes technical support, and he conducts the film news show at a radio station in Montevideo. Without any other job experience than working at the Film Archive, Jorge loses his position. A Useful Life explores the way Jorge changes his way of living in order to adapt to the new world that appears to him. After all, maybe ‘movies’ will help him survive. 3.4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
A Useful Life

Omniscore:

Certificate 12A
Genre Drama
Director Federico Veiroj
Cast Jorge Jellinek
Studio Dogwoof
Release Date January 2012
Running Time 70 mins
 

Jorge lives with his parents and has been working at a Film Archive for 25 years. He is a film programmer, he makes technical support, and he conducts the film news show at a radio station in Montevideo. Without any other job experience than working at the Film Archive, Jorge loses his position. A Useful Life explores the way Jorge changes his way of living in order to adapt to the new world that appears to him. After all, maybe ‘movies’ will help him survive.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

An absolute gem.

09/01/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

A Borges-like yarn from Latin America about a tidy life meeting the end of its tether.

12/01/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

More of a delightful hors d'oeuvre than a main course...

15/01/2012

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The New York Times

Jeanette Catsoulis

Shot in color but produced in edible, Oreo-toned black and white, “A Useful Life” transitions seamlessly from indoors to outdoors, from nostalgia to hope.

12/01/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

This short, sweet, slow-tempo Uruguayan film invites us into the life of Jorge ... the question here being: where does cinema end and real life begin?

09/01/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

A curiously uplifting little film.

13/01/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Endearing, but [I] wouldn’t have wished it to be any longer.

15/01/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A wry, irreverent but affectionate look at professional cinephilia in this droll 67-minute featurette.

12/01/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Veiroj observes this lost cinephile with a gently indulgent eye, though his judgement on him is double-edged: a love of movies is no substitute for engaging with life.

13/01/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

Despite its superficial black-and-white plainness, there's a nostalgic charm here that becomes an idiosyncratic ode to those who keep a somewhat tattered arthouse flag flying.

13/01/2012

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