A former law student, Jaime Chávarri became a critic and amateur director in 1963. Chávarri enrolled in the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia in 1968, but two years later dropped out to direct several amateur shorts and feature-length films. Chávarri made his professional feature debut in 1971 with Pastel de Sangre/Blood Cake. In 1998, Chávarri earned widespread critical acclaim for Sus Ojos se Cerraron/Tangos Are for Two, a Spanish/Argentine co-production of a musical tribute to Buenos Aires in the 1930s. Chávarri also directs the occasional television movie or series.