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Burnt Money (2000)

Plata quemada (original title)
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.

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Pablo Echarri ...
El Cuervo
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Giselle
Ricardo Bartis ...
Fontana
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Vivi
Carlos Roffé ...
Nando
Daniel Valenzuela ...
Tabaré
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Losardo
Claudio Rissi ...
Relator
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Florian Barrios
Harry Havilio ...
Carlos Tulian
Roberto Vallejos ...
Parisi
Adriana Varela ...
Cantante Cabaret
Ángel Alves ...
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Burnt Money, is set in Argentina in 1965. This true story follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of Argentinian crime history. Nene, Angel and Cuervo are bank robbers who flee from Argentina across the border to Uruguay after a large-scale hold-up that turns bloody. Angel is hurt and the three must lay low until Angel recovers. Nene and Angel are known to everyone they know as "the twins" because of their resemblance, but the two are not brothers at all - they are involved in a steamy homosexual relationship. To get back to Argentina, the group must first wait for Fontana, the brains behind the robbery, to arrange for passports. Anxious from hiding, Cuervo decides to break curfew and go party. After Nene and Angel also decide to take off, Nene meets a prostitute named Giselle and Angel ends up getting in a fight. The group is forced to abandon their refuge and Angel and ... Written by Strand Releasing <www.strandreleasing.com>

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,680, 21 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$241,484, 2 June 2002
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When Nene is burning clothes, Angel is shown without his shirt and in the next scene, he's wearing a shirt. Cut again, and he has no shirt on. See more »

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The intimacy leaps from the screen
11 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I won't rehash the details again, as so many previous comments have done wonderful jobs on discussing the plot and technical aspects of this film.

I want to commend the leads on their brilliant job. Often when (male) actors are asked to "play gay" you get an overly sexualized relationship - as though they feel the only way to portray the connection between men is through overt lust.

The director and actors here, have instead sought out a more subtle, but infinitely more honest portrayal. Every touch and sidelong glance between Nene and Angel just burns with intimacy. They might have the least on-screen sex, but this is the relationship that you really believe. The actors truly seem comfortable with their bodies, with touching one another, and so whether they are touching or just looking at each other - you can feel that familiarity they share and the intimacy translates beautifully onto the screen. Really an amazing performance of body-language.

My one complaint about "Plate quemada" is the rather shoddy subtitles. I can understand enough of the language to be able to pick up when the sub's aren't direct, or are leaving out dialogue. I HATE that. In a film such as this, when so much of the plot depends on the characters and their relationships, it becomes agonizing not to know exactly what they're saying.


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