A young locksmith is forced to leave his home and family to join the Buenos Aires police force.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Román ...
Zapa
Mimí Ardú ...
Mabel
Darío Levy ...
Gallo
Hugo Anganuzzi ...
Polaco
Víctor Hugo Carrizo ...
Molinari
Graciana Chironi ...
Madre Zapa
Roberto Posse ...
Ismael
Luis Viscat ...
Pellegrino
Aníbal Barengo ...
Caneva
Gerardo Maffoni ...
Osorio
Liliana De Maria ...
Marina
Gastón Polo ...
Lanza
Facundo Gomez ...
Salazar
Carlos Federico Simon ...
Hijo de Mabel
Marcela Uzuka ...
Instructor Policial
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Zapa is a locksmith in a quiet and little town lost somewhere in the province of Buenos Aires. The work is quite slow, and hours seem to pass slowly. Polaco, the owner of the shop, sends him on a job that consists of opening a safe at an office. The next day, Zapa is imprisoned for being responsible of robbing the place. Ismael, his uncle, a retired policeman, bails him out and sends him to Buenos Aires. Zapa becomes an aspiring officer in the Buenos Aires Police. He gets to his new home city, takes the instructional course, works at a precinct, has a love affair with a teacher and starts to see his life turn into a strange fiction. Written by Edgardo Rossetto

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19 September 2002 (Argentina)  »

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An Indictment of Police Culture
17 September 2003 | by (miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I decided to comment due to finding the previous comment exceedingly misleading. EL BONAERENSE is not a comedy and there's nothing "Jarmusch-like" about it. The protagonist is not a "small time hood" but a locksmith ordered by his boss to help a client open a safe. Presenting him as a "hood" would go against the major message of the film: how institutional corruption can poison and seduce an average guy, in this case a vulnerable man from the interior who moves to Buenos Aires, hence the title. The narrative structure is chronological and easy to follow (there's nothing "offbeat" about it). The scenes are rather brief with quick editing, rather than the long takes and laconic pace characteristic of Mr. Jarmusch. Where I disagree with the otherwise excellent comments from the Argentinian viewer is that I think EL BONAERENSE is an indictment of big-city police culture more than a character study. The film is more sociological than psychological, in my interpretation.


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