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The Dancer and the Thief (2009)

El baile de la Victoria (original title)
With the advent of democracy in Chile, a general amnesty for prisoners of non violent crime is enacted. Angel Santiago, a young man determined to avenge the abuse he suffered in prison, ... See full summary »

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Nicolás Vergara Grey
Abel Ayala ...
Ángel Santiago
Miranda Bodenhofer ...
Victoria Ponce
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Teresa Capriatti
Julio Jung ...
Alcaide Santoro
Mario Guerra ...
Wilson
Marcia Haydée ...
Profesora Danza
Luis Dubó ...
Rigoberto Marín
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Monasterio
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Lili
Gloria Münchmeyer ...
Directora Teatro
Gregory Cohen ...
Sergio Mendoza
Catalina Guerra ...
Viuda
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Madre Ángel
Sergio Hernández ...
Don Charly
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With the advent of democracy in Chile, a general amnesty for prisoners of non violent crime is enacted. Angel Santiago, a young man determined to avenge the abuse he suffered in prison, goes in search of the famous bank robber Vergara Grey, whose robberies have earned him a reputation he'd leave back. His plan for a daring robbery is complicated by the magical presence of Victoria, a mysterious young dancer.

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Spain's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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When Nicolás and Ángel Santiago are fleeing in the taxi while singing "Como fue", another car can be seen overtaking them in the inside shot. Just a second later, in the outside shot, the car is gone. See more »

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David Truba masterpiece
13 February 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

David Trueba again turns from documentary work to fiction, and blends a degree of surrealism into this moving story of two criminals recently released from a Chilean Jail: one is searching for the wife who has abandoned him for a millionaire and one who wants this master safe breaker to join him in a complex heist.

The latter meets and falls in love with a mute girl, Victoria, who aspires to dance, and sets out to help her achieve her desire.

All the actors play their roles extremely well. Miranda Bodenhofer as Victoia is new to the screen having been discovered by Trueba when, after many auditions, he recalled a girl he had seen eighteen months earlier in a dance class when researching locations. She delivers a moving and delicate interpretation of her key tole as the main subject of the film.

Ricardo Darín as Nicolás Vergara Grey, a jaded criminal, is perfectly cast, and Abel Ayala playing Ángel Santiago, the bright ambitious youngster, adds an optimism to the plot that goes beyond the script.


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