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Addictions and Subtractions (2004)

Sumas y restas (original title)
During the 1980s in Medellín, Santiago, an engineer, gets involved in drug traffic to make a quick buck.

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Víctor Gaviria
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Cast

Credited cast:
Juan Carlos Uribe Juan Carlos Uribe ... Santiago Restrepo
Fabio Restrepo Fabio Restrepo ... Gerardo 'Reflujo'
Fredy York Monsalve Fredy York Monsalve ... El Duende
María Isabel Gaviria María Isabel Gaviria ... Paula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hernán Alvarez Hernán Alvarez ... Loco de la 'cocina'
Alonso Arias Alonso Arias ... La Liebre
Alejandro Baena Alejandro Baena ... Secuestrador
José Vicente Barrios José Vicente Barrios ... Papá de Santiago
David Ruiz Bascaran David Ruiz Bascaran ... El Chef
Julian Bustamante Julian Bustamante ... El Chinche
Carlos Chiquillo Carlos Chiquillo ... Músico vallenatero
Humberto Cossio Humberto Cossio ... 'Chuleta'
Angela Davila Angela Davila ... Novia de Leopoldo #2
Juan López de Mesa Juan López de Mesa ... Cocinero
Mauricio Duque Mauricio Duque ... Piloto
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During the 1980s in Medellín, Santiago, an engineer, gets involved in drug traffic to make a quick buck.

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Country:

Colombia | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Addictions and Subtractions See more »

Filming Locations:

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Its entire shooting was in 2000, but it wasn't until 2005 that it was released theatrically in Colombia. See more »

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Realism partially saves an otherwise wasted cliché
5 October 2005 | by mr_ruskSee all my reviews

Besides the fact that – once more – a film about Colombia uses as its only resort the many times told story of Medellin's drug related violence during the 1980's, the film's unfortunate failing is the lack of adequate technical resources. If one can survive the monotony of unintelligible and intense sound, wild camera movements and jumpy edition, it is possible to recognize that Gaviria does succeed in insufflating credibility into the characters represented by natural actors, and does well in grasping the mood of the historic moment in which the plot takes place.

The story – specially the first thirty minutes – is utterly predictable and unbearably dull. The slang all along is unnecessarily heavy and boring. Despite all this, at the end one can have the vague sensation that, thanks to the interesting touch of realism and to the good job in actors' direction, the time spent in watching the movie was not completely wasted.


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