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The desolate Edward Hopper nightscapes provide an effective context...
The Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes) has an almost Bogart-like gift for playing world-weary rotters with a core of nobility.
This is a film that's musical with the cracking of bones and crashing of cars.
Carancho begins to accelerate with alarming speed - and doesn't stop until the startling, bitterly ironic final frame.
A no-frills version of a perennial dark story: how love of a sort can take root in a festering place.
Audience Reviews for Carancho
Very well done. Interesting storyline. Rather gritty, which always attracks me. I have to say...Ricardo Darin is becoming one of my top favorite Spanish actors. Just about everything I have seen him in I have liked.
A spectacular thriller, gripping and visceral, directed with intense realism by Trapero, who uses a handheld camera and long sequence shots to simulate a documentary style and keep the audience incredibly tense. The last scene is fulminating, almost driving the viewers to a heart attack.
In "Carancho," Lujan(Martina Gusman) is a doctor practicing medicine in an ambulance. On one call, she helps out at an automobile accident. And it's an especially good thing she is there because Sosa(Ricardo Darin), a good samaritan, also needs medical care because he just had the snot beaten out of him. As her colleagues explain it to her, he is a 'vulture' who works on behalf of the Foundation as a way to scam the insurance industry in automobile accidents while the victims get a small percentage of any winnings and do not like to be interrupted in their moment of grief. Sosa also comes in handy in getting the patient admitted to the hospital, even without insurance, immediately endearing him to Lujan.
With a plot that comes and goes as it pleases, "Carancho" is a compelling and violent character study of two immensely flawed people. Despite the generational differences, there is a mutual attraction between them and it helps that Sosa can cook. They also need each other since they are trapped in one truly messed up system. According to the film, nobody in Argentina can survive on an honest living. Lujan has to shoot up just to stay awake for the epic shifts that are required of her. Lacking insurance, people stage accidents to make a quick buck but that is increasingly dangerous as the statistics point out. And while Sosa is good at his job, he is still burdened by a conscience and sickened at what he sees, wanting out and his old legal license back. Since he refuses to give details, it is probably a smart guess that it was something really bad that got him disbarred.
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