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AMERICANO

by Mathieu Demy

synopsis

A mother’s death propels her grown son, Martin, across the Atlantic, from his native Paris to Los Angeles. Martin and his partner had decided to take a break from each other, anyway. His father, long-estranged from his mother, urges Martin to wrap up his mother’s affairs expediently and sell her apartment. Once in L.A., where he spent so much of his youth, Martin is quickly submerged in a flood of memories, but he is determined to make a clean break, tidy up and return home as soon as possible. An old photograph given to him by a friend draws his plan to a sudden halt; his mother was close to the girl captured in the picture, and perhaps wanted her to have the apartment. Compelled by a sense of loyalty to his mother, Martin sets out to track down Lola, who must now be a woman. His search takes him across the border to the flesh pots of Tijuana, where a tourist like Martin soon finds himself at sea in very unfamiliar territory. What he finds there changes his life.

original title: Americano
country: France
sales agent: Bac Films
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Mathieu Demy
film run: 105'
release date: FR 30/11/2011, BE 18/01/2012
screenplay: Mathieu Demy
cast: Mathieu Demy, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Chiara Mastroianni, Geraldine Chaplin, Salma Hayek, Carlos Bardem, Cokey Falkow, Octavio Maya
cinematography by: Georges Lechaptois
film editing: Jean-Baptiste Morin
art director: Arnaud Roth
music: Georges Delerue, Grégoire Hetzel
production: Cine Tamaris, Les Films de l'Autre
distributor: Bac Films, Imagine
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