Raising Victor Vargas

Starring: Victor Rasuk & Judy Marte Director: Peter Sollett  Rated: R: Restricted
Raising Victor Vargas
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 03/28/2003
"...[A] delicate and altogether satisfying romantic comedy....The VARGAS casting is magical; the new-to-movies actors assume the roles like they were born to play them..."
Rolling Stone - 04/17/2003
"...Director Peter Sollett takes the familiar and turns it into hot, heartfelt movie magic..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/18/2003
"...[The actors] give themselves over to the camera with a spirit of improvised play that morphs into vivid, layered acting..."
USA Today - 05/02/2003
"...The movie keeps you guessing right up to the end, a wait made pleasurable thanks to cinematographer Tim Orr..."
Film Comment - 05/01/2003
"...When the film taps into its dramatic core, raw emotional substance springs eternal..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/18/2003
"...What's true about Sollett's characters is that their dreams, their grace and their struggles are as real as it gets..."
Sight and Sound - 10/10/2003
"...An understated coming-of-age story..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2004
"A coming-of-age tale that feels fresh thanks to docu-like realism and heartfelt improv from the novice teenage cast..."

Product Description:

Peter Sollett's astonishing feature debut establishes the director as one of American cinema's most refreshing new voices. Miraculously capturing the grittiness of life on Manhattan's Lower East Side while maintaining an air of hopeful innocence, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS plays like a combination of KIDS and THE GOONIES. When Victor Vargas (Victor Rasuk) is busted hooking up with "Fat Donna" (Donna Maldonado), he sets his sights on a more respectable target. That target is "Juicy Judy" Gonzalez (Judy Marte), a gorgeous teenager who has been looking for someone to keep the neighborhood leeches away. After being formally introduced to Judy by her younger brother Carlos (Wilfree Vasquez)--who just so happens to have a crush on Victor's younger sister Vicki (Krystal Rodriguez)--Victor gets his wish. But to Judy, this is merely a business proposition. As Victor gradually realizes that his feelings for Judy are becoming much deeper, he must contend with his stubborn grandmother (Altagracia Guzman), who wants to punish him for being a negative influence on his little brother Nino (Silvestre Rasuk). Gorgeously photographed by Tim Orr and brilliantly acted by its non-professional cast, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is a universal tale that crosses all racial, social, and economical lines.

Plot Keywords:

Coming Of Age | Essential Cinema | Latinos | New York City | Recommended | Teenage | Teenage Girls | Theatrical Release | Urban Life

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: MARCH 28, 2003 (NY)

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  • Sales Rank: 18,336
  • UPC: 043396017474
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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