Film / Chinese Takeaway

Chinese Takeaway is a 2011 comedy film from Argentina. It uses a great deal of Black Comedy and Kafka Komedy to advance the plot.

Roberto is a Falkland War veteran and a hardware store owner who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. He begins the story by counting the contents of a box of 350 screws. He complains to the supplier that they only sent him 349 screws. He goes about his daily life as a hardware store owner, and stops to eat lunch.

Then, he meets Jun.

Jun is a Chinese man who has been thrown out of a taxi. He runs up to Roberto to plead for help…in Chinese. Roberto only understands Spanish, so this proves a problem. However, he helps Jun, giving him his food and giving him a ride home, wherever that is. But Jun vomits in the car, prompting Roberto to oust him from the car.

But guilt convinces him to go back and pick him up once it starts raining.

Such begins a comedy of errors with many surprising Plot Twists, laughs, and even dramatic moments.

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