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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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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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Colombia | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Colombia) See more »

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Addictions and Subtractions See more »

Filming Locations:

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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A Bit Uneven During Its First 40 Minutes, SUMAS y RESTAS Had Me Mesmerized Its Last Hour!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

..........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA....and ORLANDO, FL

For my sophomore college English class, I did a paper on Stanley Kubrick's "2001". SUMAS y RESTAS, really deserves one of its own. After living in Colombia for a total of 28 years and having had three close brushes with death, the only way to review this is with some brief insight into the dynamics of crime and violence in Colombia...

Most Colombians either ...

....A) Have been DIRECT victims of violence themselves....or

....B) Have family members, relatives and/or close friends who've been victims.

EVERYONE ELSE has friends, neighbors, classmates and/or co-workers who have experienced violence directly. Undoubtedly, it has ebbed from its peak in the 80's and 90's, but it's still an everyday fact of life people have learned to live with.

One factor, only dealt with rather obliquely in the film, is that violence can originate from many different sources; organized crime, leftist guerrillas, paramilitary groups, common criminals, corrupt police officials or any one of the above, masquerading as any one of the others! The kidnappers in the film identify themselves as F-2 agents (Think: DEA), but their true origin is never revealed. More often than not, this is the sad reality of Colombia.

Still, for the record, at least 97% or 98% of Colombians never collaborate or participate, in any way, with any of these factions! A bit uneven during its first 40 minutes, "Medellin" had me mesmerized its last hour.

I'm sad to admit, this was a gritty, spot-on slice of the dark side of Colombian life. The non-stop profanity is not translated in the English subtitles...The reason: Movies are usually translated by people officially licensed by the Colombian government, so they end up changing "Scarface" into "Paleface". But the sociopaths like the ones in SUMAS are known for incessant obscenity; it's unfortunate this was lost in translation.

The ending minute(?)was butchered/redacted or oddly altered in some way, causing me to lower my rating from 9* to just 8* STARS...

WARNING: Lots of naked, gyrating Colombian ladies!...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!


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