This charming odd-couple comedy draws on two resources
that have made recent Argentinian movies so appealing
to audiences around the world: a nimble, character-based
screenplay – and actor Ricardo Darín. In Chinese Takeaway
he’s Roberto, a Buenos Aires shopkeeper clinging with
comic exactitude to the routines that keep him single and
make his life so gratifyingly safe.
Enter Jun, an amiable young Chinese man mysteriously
abandoned in the city without a word of Spanish and clearly
in need of the kindness of strangers. Doing the decent thing,
Roberto finds his social world expanding in all manner of
inconvenient and unforeseeable ways. If the recipe is tried
and true, the ingredients are sweet, salty and fresh.