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Thieves and Liars (2006)

Ladrones y mentirosos (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | 1 October 2007 (USA)
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"Ladrones & Mentirosos" is the heartrending story of three Puerto Rican families struggling to stay together in a society overcome by corruption and drugs. Using a parallel structure, the ... See full summary »
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Isidro Bobadilla ...
Peña
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Isabel
José Heredia ...
Migue
Daniel Lugo ...
Carmona
Dennis Mario ...
Luijan
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Marisol
Carlos Paniagua ...
Luisito
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Wanda
Luz María Rondón ...
Doña Norma
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César Farrait ...
Cheo
Marta Labatut ...
Doña Emma
Flavia Lugo ...
Doña Toya
Carlos Marichal ...
Fiscal Cintrón
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Raquel
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"Ladrones & Mentirosos" is the heartrending story of three Puerto Rican families struggling to stay together in a society overcome by corruption and drugs. Using a parallel structure, the film focuses on the three generations that comprise each family: teenagers, their parents and their grandparents. Written by Pike Bishop

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, drug content, language and some sexuality/nudity
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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The character of "Wanda" is loosely based on Wanda Velez Roman, a one time FBI and DEA informant who had been collaborating with the filmmakers on a film about her previous exploits. See more »

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la mala vida
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These three tales chronicle the corruption Senor Matta sees in Puerto Rico. Whether it is drug smuggling, graft, or a difficult coming-of-age, each story just gets sadder and sadder.

Not being familiar with Puerto Rican culture I'm not sure how much the influence of the United States can be read into this, other than that the picture conveyed is one of a society that seems to operate out of accommodation to conditions that are not too different from those in the states. Certainly the drug-smuggling aspect is viewed as being middle men between the producers and the Northern public, the ability to fight big corporate/political interests is futile and drugs are corrupting the youth who are growing up in broken families.

The structure is good as these tales unwind in parallel. The unrelenting progression from bad to worse is hard to watch. No one gains much in these stories. No redemption, just more assurance that "life sucks" and the bad life just goes on.


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