El bonaerense (2002)
Zapa is a regular, hard-working, 35-year-old locksmith living in rural Argentina. When his boss asks him to do a special job for some special clients, Zapa agrees, for he has no choice. He ends up having to crack the safe at a store so the clients can stuff their bags and carry out a robbery. To avoid prison, he is forced to leave his family and birthplace for Buenos Aires, where he signs up to become a police cadet. After months of grueling training, he graduates the academy with flying colors; and by doing so, Zapa officially becomes a Bonaerense--a member of the most brutal and corrupt police force in Argentina. Now he has the power, and now he makes the rules. From this point forward, there's no going back. … More
as Zapa's Mother
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Critic Reviews for El bonaerense
Low budget and technically polished, El Bonaerense is a calm, simmering satire of a police force that is a power all to itself.
Credit El Bonaerense with journalistic single-mindedness and, given recent Argentine history, sheer guts.
Brimming with wry humor, softened by the filmmaker's Renoir-like love of his protagonist, El Bonaerense is a masterful illustration of vitiation, the sort that simple men like Zapa are heir to.
Director Trapero drives home his message -- the thin line between crooks and cops -- without hitting viewers over the head or seeming to point fingers.
Trapero again proves himself a master of mood, evoking the gritty, workaday world of contemporary Argentina that helped establish him as one of the most important young directors of the new Argentine cinema.
The vapor traces of farce and policier that waft from this terribly earnest film never coalesce.
Stunningly shot in earthy graininess, Trapero's film feels so real it's hard to remember this is fiction.
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