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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Roberto Posse
as Ismael
Mimi Arduh
as Mabel
Lucas Olivera
as Abdala
Luis Viscat
as Pellegrino
Graciana Chironi
as Zapa's Mother
Dario Levy
as Gallo
Gaston Polo
as Lanza
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Critic Reviews for El bonaerense

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | July 8, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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December 10, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

December 5, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
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Director Trapero drives home his message -- the thin line between crooks and cops -- without hitting viewers over the head or seeming to point fingers.

November 26, 2003
New York Post
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[A] powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.

November 25, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for El bonaerense


A great movie depicting the other side of Buenos Aires. Corruption, greed, bureaucracy, power rushes that a loaded pistol gives the uneducated, Christmas and the dream of accomplishing something in order to get out of the shanty town the main character is simply trying to survive one more day.

Dr. AlphonSeuss
Dr. AlphonSeuss

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