Martín (hache)

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Martín (hache)
Directed by Adolfo Aristarain
Produced by Executive Producer:
Javier López Blanco
Adolfo Aristarain
Gerardo Herrero
Fito Páez
Written by Adolfo Aristarain
Kathy Saavedra
Starring Federico Luppi
Juan Diego Botto
Cecilia Roth
Eusebio Poncela
Music by Fito Páez
Cinematography Porfirio Enríquez
Edited by Fernando Pardo
Distributed by Spain:
Alta Films
Líder Films
Release date
April 17, 1997 (Argentina)
Running time
134 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Budget 200 millions

Martín (hache) is a 1997 Spanish and Argentine film directed by Adolfo Aristarain and starring Federico Luppi, Juan Diego Botto, Cecilia Roth and Eusebio Poncela.

It was nominated for four Goya Awards in 1998, and Cecilia Roth won one for lead actress.

It was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Madrid, and Almería, Spain.

Plot summary[edit]

Martín, known as Hache, is a 19-year-old Argentinian boy who after his girlfriend leaves him has a nearly fatal drug overdose, thought by many to be an attempted suicide. Afterwards, his mother sends him to Madrid to live with his father, Martin.

Martin, a successful film-maker, doesn't want to take care of his son because he likes living alone and being able to socialize with his two friends, Alicia and Dante, without influencing his son in any negative way since both Alicia and Dante are experienced drug users. Regardless, he brings him into his home, hoping to ward off any evil influences that might cause his son to have a relapse and commit suicide.

As time passes and Martin's friendships get more strained, it becomes clear that Hache needs to leave his father's place and make a name for himself.


The title makes reference to the name of the son of Martín, portrayed by Juan Diego Botto, who is named after his father but with an "h" in brackets, which means "hijo" ("hijo" means "son" in Spanish, and "hache" is the Spanish name for the letter "h"). So nearly everybody calls him "Hache." It is similar to calling a son named for his father "Junior" in English. The movie's English subtitles translate "Hache" as "Jay," since "jay" is the English name for the first letter in "junior" and is also a common English given name.

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