Talking with Mom

Stage-to-screen adaptation "Talking with Mom" offers up a cockle-warming but skimpy yakfest for the geriatric set, with this story about an Argentinean yuppie who gets to know his old lady better in her autumn years. Pic rightly gives pride of place to China Zorilla as the titular matriarch, whose perky perf won her the top acting prize at the Moscow fest.

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With: China Zorilla, Eduardo Blanco, Ulises Dumont, Silvina Bosco.

Stage-to-screen adaptation “Talking with Mom” offers up a cockle-warming but skimpy yakfest for the geriatric set, with this story about an Argentinean yuppie who gets to know his old lady better in her autumn years. Pic rightly gives pride of place to China Zorilla as the titular matriarch, whose perky perf won her the top acting prize at the Moscow fest — and reliable comedian Eduardo Blanco (“Son of the Bride”) adds value. Pic retired quickly on local release in mid-April.

Suddenly unemployed, middle manager Jaime (Blanco) needs to sell the Buenos Aires apartment he owns — but his aging mama (Zorilla) lives in — to keep his upper-middle class family in accustomed style. He offers to let mama move in with him, but the hitch is, she has a beau, Gregorio (Ulises Dumont). Pic takes its time resolving conflicts as Jaime and mama remember the old times over the kitchen table, with excursions to watch Gregorio in some not-so-funny muckraking around town. Most of the set-ups are static, with the camera standing quietly back to let the thesps to their thing. Rest of tech credits are OK on a budget.

Talking with Mom

Argentina

Production: A Primer Plano Film Group presentation of a Monica Roza (Argentina) production. (International sales: Primer Plano, Buenos Aires.) Produced by Carlos Piwowarski, Pascual Condito, Santiago Carlos Oves, Monica Roza, Luisa Matienzo. Executive producers, Monica Roza, Carlos Piwowarski. Directed, written by Santiago Carlos Oves.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Anibal Bosco; editor, Liliana Nadal; music, Pablo Sala; art director, Mariela Ripodas; costume designer, Maria Nieves Cabanes. Reviewed at Moscow Film Festival (competing), June 23, 2004. (Also in Malaga Film Festival.) Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: China Zorilla, Eduardo Blanco, Ulises Dumont, Silvina Bosco.

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