Common Places

Common Places
Lugares comunes
Directed by Adolfo Aristarain
Produced by Adolfo Aristarain
Joasean Gómez
Gerardo Herrero
Written by Adolfo Aristarain
Lorenzo F. Aristarain
Kathy Saavedra
Starring Federico Luppi
Mercedes Sampietro
Arturo Puig
Cinematography Porfirio Enríquez
Editing by Fernando Pardo
Distributed by Transmundo Films
Release date(s) September 12, 2002
September 20, 2002
Running time 115 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Common Places (Spanish: Lugares comunes) (2002) is an Argentine and Spanish drama film co-written, co-produced and directed by Adolfo Aristarain. The film marks the seventh collaboration between Aristarain and actor Federico Luppi. It also stars Mercedes Sampietro and Arturo Puig.


After being forced to retire, literature professor Fernando Robles (Federico Luppi) and his wife Liliana (Mercedes Sampietro) are forced to reevaluate their lives and make major changes in them. These include setting the record straight with their son, exiled in Madrid and starting out a new life. They decide to buy a small lavender farm in Córdoba from a widowed man, Zacarías, and with the aid of their lawyer friend Carlos (Arturo Puig), attempt to start out their new business.

Along the way, Fernando, an aspiring writer himself, jots down notes and ideas for a novel in a book, which he frequently narrates in voice-overs. But this attempt at a new life is cut short when Fernando suddenly contracts pneumonia one cold night on the mountains. He is hospitalized and dies over a week, with enough time to bid farewell to his family and tell his wife all he never said out loud.

Liliana rejects the help of the sympathetic Carlos and the offer from her son Pedro to come live with his family in Spain. She opts to carry on her late husband's attempt of a new life, and stays in the farm Fernando helped rebuild.

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