El bonaerense (2002)


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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.


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Credit El Bonaerense with journalistic single-mindedness and, given recent Argentine history, sheer guts.

Dec 5, 2003

Director Trapero drives home his message -- the thin line between crooks and cops -- without hitting viewers over the head or seeming to point fingers.

Nov 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

[A] powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.

Nov 25, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

The vapor traces of farce and policier that waft from this terribly earnest film never coalesce.

Nov 25, 2003

Wry, acerbic, satiric and moving.

Nov 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
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Low budget and technically polished, El Bonaerense is a calm, simmering satire of a police force that is a power all to itself.

Apr 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.75/5 | Full Review…

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