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USA: Miramax Films
UK: Metrodome Distribution
Cast: Julieta Cardinali, Carmen Maura, Jean Pierre Noher, Mex Urtizberea, Rodrigo Noya, Alejandro Agresti, Carlos Roffe, Lorenzo Quinteros, Marina Glezer, Stefano Di Gregorio, Fabian Vena, Juan Cruz Bordeu
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Countries: Argentina / The Netherlands
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 86 mins
UK: 82 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some thematic elements and language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 7 May 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 27 February 2004
Set in 1960s Argentina, the film looks at the world through the eyes of a nine year-old boy who dreams of a happy family life and of becoming an astronaut.
Since his mother left him at the age of three, Valentin (Rodrigo Noya) has lived with his grandmother (played by Almodovar favourite Carmen Maura). His father occasionally visits but is mostly away on business or out looking for a new girlfriend. Valentin is lonely and constantly searching for love and affection. His passion is to become an astronaut and he invents a strict training program to realise his dream. With his friend Rufo he shares his thoughts and hopes for a real family. In search of the truth about his mother's disappearance nobody around him is willing to talk about the past. However, when his grandmother dies, he realises he will have to find the answers on his own.