Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Plata Quemada
Argentina/Spain/Uruguay, 2000. 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 Figueras, Marcelo Pineyro, based on the novel by Ricardo Piglia. Cinematography by Alfredo Mayo. Produced by Diana Frey, Oscar Kramer. Music by Osvaldo Montes. Production Design by Jorge Ferrari, Juan Mario Roust. Costume Design by Magali Izaguirre. Film Editing by Juan Carlos Macias. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
Leonardo Sbaraglia and Eduardo Noriega 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. Pablo Echarri 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.