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Los debutantes (2003)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  13 June 2003 (Chile)
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The story of two brothers who get involved with a sexy stripper and her boss, the nightclub king of Santiago, as told from three perspectives. Sexy, gritty, emotional.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonella Ríos ...
Néstor Cantillana ...
Juan Pablo Miranda ...
Alejandro Trejo ...
Don Pascual
Eduardo Barril ...
Don Marco
Roberto Farías ...
Victor Montero ...
Anita Alvarado ...
Mario Poblete ...
Milico Borracho
Antonia Bravo ...
Arturo Ruiz Tagle ...
Animador Parrilladas
Angel ...
Bailarina 1
Francisca Castro ...
Bailarina Milico
Isabel Santelices ...
Puta Milico
Alan Ramirez ...
Rodrigo Munoz


Parents, children, brothers. A few days in Santiago, Chile, seen by three different characters: Víctor, a schoolboy who develops a crush on a stripper he sees at a club on his birthday; Silvio, Victor's older brother, hired by the club owner to be his driver and who also falls for the woman; and, Gracia, the stripper who's the boss's girlfriend and who wants out. The club owner, Don Pasqual, has many illegal enterprises and a bad heart. Víctor's impulsive puppy love, Silvio's libido, Gracia's plans, and Don Pasqual's possessiveness make for a dangerous mix. Written by <>

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Director Andrés Waissbluth is himself a drummer who plays in one of the bands listed in the soundtrack. See more »


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Pretty good erotic film noir.
27 June 2005 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Los Debutantes is the story of two orphaned brothers who have moved to Santiago from the South after their mother dies. The confident and streetwise Silvio, the elder brother, gets a job working for a sleazy strip club's owner after taking the naive Victor there for his 17th birthday.

As Silvio blossoms under his boss's tutelage, both brothers get involved with the owner's sexy and manipulative mistress, Gracia. As the film unfolds, characters are redefined as we begin to see the subtle and overt ways that each one manipulates the next.

The film is well made, with good cinematography and fast pacing. It's also pretty sexy, with a lot of nudity and some fairly explicit sex scenes. It uses the now-popular technique of layering different scenes from different points of view, out of chronological sequence. Many people hate movies like this because they don't understand what's going on - Memento, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and many other good films use this device. The plot itself is really nothing new, there are elements of Body Heat, Pulp Fiction, and many other good film noir.

As the different layers are revealed, our understandings of the characters and their motivations evolve. While the plot may be somewhat cliché, it is also clever and entertaining.

I would call it an enjoyable movie, worth watching, but nothing memorable. I haven't seen many films from Chile, and it's always interesting to see film noir from other countries. Other than that, rent it if it's available but don't lose any sleep if it isn't.

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