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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.

Cast

Luis Viscat
as Pellegrino
Graciana Chironi
as Zapa's Mother
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Critic Reviews for El bonaerense

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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 | Rating: 3/4
New York Post
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[A] powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.

November 25, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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The vapor traces of farce and policier that waft from this terribly earnest film never coalesce.

November 25, 2003
Village Voice
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Wry, acerbic, satiric and moving.

November 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
Newsday
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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.

April 9, 2004 | Rating: 2.75/5 | Full Review…
Film-Forward.com

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