Tetro follows the fresh faced and naïve, 17-year-old Bennie who arrives in Argentina to look for his long-lost older brother, a reclusive playwright whom he hasn’t seen in years. When Bennie finds his brother, the brilliant but melancholy writer ‘Tetro,’ he is not welcomed with open arms.
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“Do you know what love is in a family like ours? It’s a quick stab in the heart.” Tetro's snipe at Bennie sums it up very neatly for a story that is far from tidy but gorgeously unfolds into sumptuous eye candy. The cast and locale shine. Shades of Almodovar and Coppola's own Rumble Fish, but this cinematic tone poem is something all its own. Bravo.
Evocative of a specific time and place, which seems to exist more in the mind of its author than in any actual, physical reality. A world that is informed by a specific culture of existential literature, Latin rhythms and the 'foreign language' cinema of the 1940s, through to the 1960s. Within this world Coppola wrestles with his own creative disappointments, his personal rivalries, and his relationship with film.
TETRO is typically a movie to see several times in order to appreciate it completely. The screenplay is extremely well written and the title says it all if you think of it. A DVD zone "I should spare some time to see it again but I really don't know when". Recommended.