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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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The cop within
26 September 2002 | by (Bs As, Argentina) – See all my reviews

It has taken three years for Pablo Trapero to bring forward his second film, but it seems that time was not wasted. Much more refined and subtle than his first film ("Mundo Grúa" or crane world), he presents us the story of young, confused rural man who is forced to become a policeman after being involved in minor burglary. We witness his journey to Buenos Aires, his time as a trainee, his romance with an older teacher and his first encounters with the outlaws. The film does not aim at showing how the police force works but to tell the story of a man; we should not take the film as an intent to portray the corruption of policemen in Argentina or as criticism towards these men. I think the intention was to focus on Zapa´s story and take a look at policemen and at the social realities from his particular point of view. Performances are limited but correct, the images the movie produces are extraordinary and the "cumbia" music (a kind of salsa mixed with african percussion) generates a perfect ambience for the story told. I strongly recommend this film, perhaps one of the best argentine films of the last decade.


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