Broken Bones, Broken Spirits
Starring: Ricardo Darin, Martina Gusman,
Carlos Weber, Jose Luis Arias,
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Director: Pablo Trapero
Executive Producer: Martina Gusman
Producer: Pablo Trapero, Felipe Braun,
Alejandro Cacetta, Gregory
Gajos, Juan Pablo Galli,
Arthur Hallereau, Alexandra
Henochsberg, Youngjoo Suh,
Writer: Alejandro Fadel, Martin
Mauregui, Santiago Mitre,
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Sosa who lost his license to practice law and now engages in false accidents and insurance fraud. He falls in love with Lujan, the female doctor who helps him in these fraud cases, amid her own worsening addiction to drugs. Set in Buenos Aires, it immerses viewers into a rather unique setting by noting in the opening credits that Buenos Aires is the car crash capital of the world.
Sosa meets Lujan at one of the car crashes that she covers as a paramedic/doctor and falls for her instantly, beginning a romance that at first seems sweet, including a real attempt to better himself. However, she harbors her own dark drug addiction due to the stress of her job and its overwhelming hours. She wants to get out of her job and find an easier life, so she starts helping Sosa by falsifying reports on the accident victims he works with.
As Sosa double-crosses the crime lords for whom he works, the lords and their henchmen turn on him and Lujan by extension, brutally beating her. Sosa gets revenge by beating the crime lord to death, setting off a downward spiral of betrayal and double-crosses. His and Lujan's ultimate goal is to steal a huge cash supply from the gang and run away to a new life. Will they get away with their plans?
CARANCHO is well made, with a unique subject matter, setting and powerful performances by the lead couple. However, it is also a dark, twisted and depressing tale in which nearly everyone is infested with corruption, with no redemptive aspect to it all. The lead characters merely get further and further into drug abuse and criminal activity, leading [SPOILER ALERT] to their deaths and no greater message or redemptive value. While this may be intriguing to intellectuals and foreign-film fans, it’s hard to imagine media-wise viewers could find true enjoyment in this dispiriting, nihilistic movie.
CARANCHO is well made, with a unique subject matter, evocative setting and powerful performances. However, it also has no redemptive aspect to it. The lead characters merely get further and further into drug abuse and criminal activity, leading to death and having no greater message or redemptive value. The content in CARANCHO may be intriguing to intellectuals and foreign-film fans, but media-wise viewers will be turned off by this dispiriting, nihilistic, lewd movie.