Valentin | Chicago Reader

Valentin

This 2002 Argentinean comedy by Alejandro Agresti might mistakenly be dismissed as a sentimental crowd-pleaser along the lines of Cinema Paradiso: the title character (Rodrigo Noya) is an adorable cross-eyed boy whose aloof father has separated him from his mother and abandoned him to the care of his ailing grandma (Carmen Maura). The cuteness level climbs when Valentin and the father's beautiful new fiancee (Julieta Cardinali) fall for each other, but Agresti has more on his mind than tugging at heartstrings: a scene late in the film obliquely hints that Valentin's situation is more troubling than even he realizes, and buried even deeper is an unblinking critique of men's infantile responses to women. In Spanish with subtitles. PG-13, 87 min.

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