Movie InfoSosa (Ricardo Darín, The Secret in Their Eyes) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Lujan (Martina Gusman, Lion's Den) is a young, idealistic country doctor new to the city. After Lujan and Sosa's paths repeatedly cross, the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa's turbulent past. With traffics accidents as the number one cause of death in Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich from the personal tragedies that literally litter the streets. -- (C) Strand … More
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Critic Reviews for Carancho
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.
A stark, compelling crime drama, shot in lurid close-ups and leading inexorably toward a devastating end.
The film's plotting is at times ragged and muffled, though this might be intentional, a way of suggesting the endless ramifications of the endemic corruption. The performances, however, have depth and resonance.
What starts as a slow-burning series of minor dramas slips into a high-octane gear in the final act.
Some movies are described as explosive: this is positively eardrum-perforating.
The statistic that 8,000 Argentinians die in traffic accidents every year gives his film a context, but Trapero didn't need to work quite so hard to prove it.
The film's bitterness of vision may owe as much to style as to content: this is not King Lear, it does not go deep. But a vision of sorts it is, harsh and haunting.
It's relatively effective as a thriller, but rarely welcomes the viewer into its world of legalities and despair.
Scenes spark then fade, until the sinuous climax arrives with collision force.
...this is not just about a stormy romance. It also deals with personal integrity, or lack there of, corruption within the Argentine insurance industry and the violence that it spawns.
Trapero's soggy, misguided, derivative melodrama was, somehow, Argentina's Official Selection as Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.
... tips into melodrama with characters so desperate they are driven to extremes, but that's noir territory. It's an entertaining, albeit disturbing, ride with a helluva final destination.
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.More
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.More
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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