"Broken Bones, Broken Spirits"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(HHH, LLL, VVV, SS, NNN, AA, DDD, MMM) Very strong humanist, nihilistic worldview and movie, frequent subtitled profanity, including at least 50 uses of the “f” word and “SOB”, and at least 20 profanities using God's name in vain; strong sexual content includes a man and woman have premarital affair, which is shown in two bed scenes with graphic moaning and, although the camera is focused on their faces primarily, it's very intense; extreme nudity in scene of fully nude female corpse in morgue, plus upper female nudity in one scene and upper male nudity in several scenes, some involving sex and some just casual naturalistic situations; very strong violence includes many scenes of mutilated or dead bodies at the scene of car accidents that an ambulance and dishonest lawyer pursue, two different scenes of men purposely getting hit by cars to cause accidents and pursue insurance fraud, man smashes another man's knee with a hammer to add to the injuries of a staged car crash and trick their way to more money, criminal leader brutally beats and whips the face of a woman, resulting in graphic injuries, boyfriend of injured woman gets revenge on the criminal leader by beating him to death with a metal object, resulting in graphic brutal images of his corpse, and main couple decides to rob the criminal cartel of lots of cash, leading to a brutal final shootout; alcohol use and drunkenness; lead female character is a nurse who illicitly injects herself with hospital narcotics to numb physical and psychological pain; and, insurance fraud scams, male lead works mafia-like criminals while trying to earn enough money to regain his lost law-practicing license via bribery, stealing, deceit, and betrayal.
CARANCHO is a riveting yet largely nihilistic crime drama from Argentina, with touches of romance, which follows the downwardly spiraling relationship of a corrupt lawyer and his partner in crime.
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.