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Promotional film poster
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Vincent Gallo
Music by Osvaldo Golijov
Cinematography Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Editing by Walter Murch
Distributed by Alta Films
American Zoetrope
Release date(s) June 11, 2009
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $506,484

Tetro is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich and Maribel Verdú. Filming took place in 2008 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Patagonia (Argentina), and Spain. Tetro was limited released in the United States on June 11, 2009.[1]



"Set in Argentina, with the reunion of two brothers, the story follows the rivalries born out of creative differences passed down through generations of an artistic Italian immigrant family."[2]


In February 2007, director Francis Ford Coppola announced that he would produce and direct the film Tetro, based on a script that he had written. Production was scheduled to begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late 2007.[3] Coppola was attracted to Argentina as a location, "I knew Argentina has a great cultural, artistic, literary, musical, cinema tradition, and I like those kinds of atmospheres very much because you usually find creative people to work with."[4] Production did not begin as scheduled, and by March 2008, Vincent Gallo and Maribel Verdu joined the cast.[5] The Spanish company Tornasol Films and the Italian company BIM Distribuzione signed with the director to co-produce the film.[6] Production began on March 31, 2008 with a budget of $15 million, with Coppola using the production style similar to his previous film Youth Without Youth.[5] Filming took place in La Boca in Buenos Aires and other parts of the capital city. Filming also followed in the Andean foothills in Patagonia and at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain.[6] Production concluded in June.[1]

In May 2008, during filming in Argentina, the Argentina Actors Association, an actors' union, claimed that production of Tetro was shut down due to union members working on the film without a contract. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Local press reports say that script changes and communication problems between the multi-national cast and crew have extended filming days beyond regularly scheduled hours, and that some of the Argentine actors are still not certain of their salary." The director's spokesperson, Kathleen Talbert, denied that production was halted, saying, "There are no holds on shooting, no problem with actors. In fact, the majority of the Argentine actors have already wrapped the shooting."[7] By the end of the month, the union said the issue was resolved, reporting, "The lawyers for the producers presented the necessary documentation and recognized the errors that they had made. So now they are able to continue with production." In contrast, Talbert reiterated that there had been no issue, and production was never halted.[8]

Interview with Francis Ford Coppola & Alden Ehrenreich at SIFF

The entire project was edited using Apple Final Cut on Apple Mac computers in a specially designed large screen edit suite built by Walter Murch.[9]


  • Vincent Gallo as Tetro, the protagonist. Coppola said of his casting choice, "I know choosing Vincent Gallo to star in my film will raise a few eyebrows, but I'm betting that seeing him in the role will open some eyes."[5]
  • Alden Ehrenreich as Bennie, Tetro's younger brother.[10]
  • Maribel Verdu as Miranda, Tetro's girlfriend.[10]
  • Carmen Maura as Alone, a literary critic and Tetro's mentor.[11] The character was originally written to be male, and actor Javier Bardem was previously attached to the role. Coppola explained the change in sex, "As I read and reread [the script], I felt that the interaction between the two characters would be far more intriguing if they were of the opposite sex."[11]
  • Klaus Maria Brandauer as Carlo Tetrocini, Tetro's father.[8]

Also cast in the film are Rodrigo de la Serna, Leticia Bredice, Mike Amigorena and Jean-Francois Casanovas.[6]

Release Dates


The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 65% of critics gave positive reviews based on 46 reviews with an average score of 5.6/10.[12] Among Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 65% based on 17 reviews.[12] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, the film has an average score of 63% based on 19 reviews.[13]

Overall, critics praised the film's visual effects and emotional core, but disliked the film's uneven narrative.[12] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars praising the film for being "boldly operatic, involving family drama, secrets, generations at war, melodrama, romance and violence". Ebert also praised Vincent Gallo's performance, but claimed Alden Ehrenreich is "the new Leonardo DiCaprio".[14] Todd McCarthy of Variety gave the film a B+ judging that "Coppola finds creative nirvana, he frequently has trouble delivering the full goods." [15] Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine gave the film a mixed review praising Ehrenreich's performance, but claiming Coppola "has made a movie in which plenty happens but nothing rings true." [16]


  1. ^ a b Byrnes, Brian (May 29, 2008). "All's cool with Coppola, Argentine actors union". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ "Tetro". ComingSoon.net. Coming Soon Media, L.P. http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=39343. Retrieved August 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2007). "Coppola cops Italo Argentina tale". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117959462.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1. Retrieved August 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ Riehn, Astrid (March 29, 2008). "Coppola starts shooting new film Tetro in Buenos Aires". Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 
  5. ^ a b c Miller, Winter (March 9, 2008). "French cops lead in 'Tetro'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982112.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1. Retrieved August 6, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c De Pablos, Emiliano; Charles Newberry (March 27, 2008). "Tornasol, BIM join Coppola's 'Tetro'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983052.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1. Retrieved August 6, 2008. 
  7. ^ Byrnes, Brian (May 23, 2008). "Union claims 'Tetro' shut down". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ a b Byrnes, Brian (May 28, 2008). "Argentinean 'Tetro' dispute over". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/#coppola Interview with Walter Murch and Francis Ford Coppola, Apple
  10. ^ a b Kit, Borys (November 15, 2007). "Movie newbie joins Coppola's 'Tetro' family". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ a b Goldstein, Gregg (April 2, 2008). "Carmen Maura to replace Javier Bardem in 'Tetro'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ a b c "Tetro Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tetro/. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Tetro (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/tetro. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  14. ^ "Tetro Movie Review - Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. 2009-06-17. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?ID=/20090617/REVIEWS/906179993. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  15. ^ "Tetro Review - Variety". Variety. 2009-05-14. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940242.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&query=tetro. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Coppola's Tetro: An Offer You Can Refuse". TIME Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1904079,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

External links

Tetro at the Internet Movie Database



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