Burnt Money (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Original title:  Plata Quemada

Argentina/Spain/Uruguay2000.  Oscar Kramer S.A., Cuatro Cabezas, Estudios Darwin, Romikin S.A., Patricio Tobal, Editorial Capayán, Fundación Octubre, Ibermedia, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Mandarin Films S.A., Punto B.S.R.L. Planificación y Medios, Taxi Films, Tornasol Films, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by , Marcelo Pineyro, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

 and  play lovers and thieves who are hired to hold up a bank truck in 1960s Buenos Aires. Noriega, the more sensitive of the duo who hears voices (which are actually just Catholic guilt informing his homosexual relationship), is injured in the operation and prompts an even more protective nature out of his partner than was there before. As they travel the country (and practically the continent) on the run from the police and towards safety with a third member of their party, the two of them are drawn further and further apart until a final showdown with the law sees them acting like a loving pair again. has a terrific supporting role as the happy-go-lucky maniac who is in the same hot water as they are, in a stylish film whose characters are richly felt but whose drama sometimes dips into the ponderous. Great feel for the period, however, brought out by a terrific soundtrack and sensational cinematography.

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