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José Antonio Quirós
Below average ¨Quinqui¨ movie lousily directed by Jose Antonio De La Loma , at his last film
Thrilling but boring look at youthful delinquency in Spain of the 90s but regarding the sub-genre of the 70s and 80s called ¨Quinqui¨ cinema . The film starts with an inmate called Juan nicknamed ¨El Gato¨ (Joan Bentallé), he goes out of prison for three days . This is the story of one of the most famous delinquents of the Spanish Transition condemned to 56 years prison ; he's been locked during 14 years , escaped several times , and he is now paroled . As helped by his Police Inspector godfather (Jose Maria Blanco) he goes out of prison and returns home where is his mother (Carmen De Lirio) and his ill-fated brother Tony (Daniel Medran) , to be dying by AIDS or Sida . There Juan meets Aurora (Tanya Celaya) and falls in love for her . However , a revengeful cop seeks vengeance against El Gato and prepares him a trap .
This ordinary ¨Quinqui¨ movie deals with Juan alias ¨El Gato¨ -as Joan Bentalle- , it tells his life like an old legend , a famous delinquent who committed several assaults on people , executing heists , banks robberies , ¨Tirones¨ and other crimes and misdemeanours . In the film there is action , eroticism , car races , exploitation and sensationalism that undermine verisimilitude . ¨Three days in freedom¨ is one of several movies dealing with youth delinquency in Spain similarly to the 70s and early 80s mostly realized by Jose Antonio De La Loma , along with ¨Navajeros , "Colegas", "El Pico 1¨ , 2" , ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas¨ by Eloy De La Iglesia , ¨Matar Al Nani¨ by Roberto Bodegas and especially ¨Deprisa , Deprisa¨ by Carlos Saura , among others . And , of course , this bad-paced film directed Jose Antonio De La Loma who created the Quinqui sub-genre with his ¨Perros Callejeros¨ series . Most of them were starred by true delinquents , such as ¨Torete¨ and ¨Vaquilla¨ , recounting their nasty feats as bags robbing , heists , car pursuits with crashes and successive getaways . These films were notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy including provoking and polemic issues and played by unknown young people and real thieves who embark on armed robberies to raise the money that they need to their existence . These young offenders had a very moving childhood filled with crimes and misdemeanors , and a dangerous adolescence along with dangerous youth . Drugs , delinquency , exclusion , unemployment and generational problems are the habitual subjects in these films and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin and a very realistic look at drug addiction . Passing of time hasn't had mercy with most of those movies , but they represented a time and a way of life in the history of Spain ; and now they may seem a little bit naive . A great look at young life and friendship in the excluded side let the story flow decently and being realized in realistic style but sometimes lacks credibility . Tres Dias De Libertad's screenplay was written by the same Jose Antonio De La Loma is such strong with disagreeable events , including nudism , violent scenes , though also with some ingenuousness and disturbing moments . In the flick there is action , eroticism , chases , exploitation and sensationalism that undermine verisimilitude . ¨Three days in freedom¨ is starred by inexpert young people who give awful interpretations as Joan Bentallé and Tania Celaya . Along with rookie actors there appear veterans as Carmen Del Lirio , Alfred Lucchetti , Jose Mario Blanco and the famous presenter Luis Del Olmo who shows up as radio host in his famous programme : ¨Protagonistas¨ . Passable photography with juicy atmosphere by Antonio Piñeiro , but unfortunately turns too much murky in some video print , being necessary a perfect remastering . Anti-climatic and embarrassing musical score accompanies ridiculously the action .
Shot by the creator of ¨Quinqui sub-genre¨ , Jose Antonio De La Loma , in his usual botcher style , who filmed the successful trilogy : ¨Perros Callejeros I , II¨ and ¨Ultimos Golpes Del Torete¨ and he even made a female version : ¨Perras Callejeras¨ . His style is pretty much urban and realistic as well in the atmosphere as in the fresh dialog and attempted to take a position in favor of outcast people . Jose Antonio De La Loma chose young and natural actors as Angel Fernandez Franco ¨Torete¨ and Bernard Seray who played their parts to the hilt , unafraid of filmmaker's unsympathetic camera and the particularity of the characters . In ¨Perros Callejeros¨ series we see their troubles growing in such streets , slums or "barrios" from Barcelona and outskirts and other coastal places and some fine locations . In these films Jose Antonio De La Loma showed the ugliness of those "barrios" , toughness and cold existence . In his youthful De La Loma worked as a teacher in the Chinese barrio of Barcelona and he lived poorness and isolation . As he hired true delinquents who used their peculiar slang and particular behaves , all of them give a certain realism to these offbeat films . ¨Tres Dias De Libertad¨ was absurdly directed by Juan Antonio De La Loma who had a long career including titles as a writer and a filmmaker in all kinds of genres , as Western : ¨Professional for a massacre¨ ,¨Texas Kid¨ ,¨Clint the solitary¨ , ¨Return of Clint¨, ¨The last Mohican¨, ¨Seven pistols for Timothy¨ , ¨Viva Carrancho¨, ¨The Boldest job in the West¨, ¨Blood at sundown¨or ¨Porque Seguir Matando¨ and Action : ¨Metralleta Stein¨ , ¨Razzia¨ , ¨Explosion¨ , Squadron: Counterforce¨or "Playing with Death" , ¨Goma 2¨ , ¨Tony Carrera¨, "Playboy to Kill" and several others .
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