Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince", make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing ... See full summary »
Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince", make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing wrestling exhibitions. Arriving in Santa Maria, they are met with uncommon enthusiasm, the local newspaper wants to sponsor the fight, helping hands placard the town with posters, and an open call is made for a worthy adversary. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant, but fishing in Santa Maria could lead to a bigger catch than he'd hoped for. Written by
Warsaw Film Festival
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My boyfriend is going to fight that Champion. But first, you have to deposit the money.
I'm sorry to tell you that there's already a Challenger.
Why him and not my boyfriend?
There can only be one contender.
The sad ceremony, young lady. Or is it that in this town you bury your men without a wake?
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Jacob used to be the strongest man on Earth. Now he and his manager Orsini travel South America, showing him and his feats off, and betting $1000 that no one can last 3 minutes in the ring against him. But one town proves troublesome for their endeavors; the man they hire to lose is arrested and won't be able to fight, and a new challenger surfaces. Since they don't have the money they've been promising, how will they get out of this situation? The acting is quite good. This is about getting by by any means necessary(not only for our two leads, several others are desperate as well, and the setting fits this perfectly) and the dangers of wrestling(the former champion is clearly brain-damaged - to the point where he has the mind of a child - and he has damaging addictions, such as drinking, not to mention the so-called "cycle" he goes through, wherein he sometimes gets extremely volatile). There is humor in this(I think it might be typically Spanish... I couldn't detail it more than that, it has some "stupid people" material). The film moves gradually towards the inevitable climax, a showdown. There is a bit of brutal violence, sexuality and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to fans of drama. 7/10
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