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Los Debutantes (2003)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 13 June 2003 (Chile)
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The story of two brothers who get involved with a sexy stripper and her boss, the nightclub king of Santiago, as told from three perspectives. Sexy, gritty, emotional.


Andrés Waissbluth


Cristián Jiménez (collaborating writer), Julio Rojas | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonella Ríos Antonella Ríos ... Gracia
Néstor Cantillana ... Silvio
Juan Pablo Miranda Juan Pablo Miranda ... Victor
Alejandro Trejo ... Don Pascual
Eduardo Barril Eduardo Barril ... Don Marco
Roberto Farías Roberto Farías ... Danilo
Victor Montero Victor Montero ... Marcelo
Anita Alvarado Anita Alvarado ... Solange
Mario Poblete Mario Poblete ... Milico Borracho
Antonia Bravo Antonia Bravo ... Parvularia
Arturo Ruiz Tagle Arturo Ruiz Tagle ... Animador Parrilladas
Angel Angel ... Bailarina 1
Francisca Castro Francisca Castro ... Bailarina Milico
Isabel Santelices Isabel Santelices ... Puta Milico
Alan Ramirez Alan Ramirez ... Rodrigo Munoz
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Parents, children, brothers. A few days in Santiago, Chile, seen by three different characters: Víctor, a schoolboy who develops a crush on a stripper he sees at a club on his birthday; Silvio, Victor's older brother, hired by the club owner to be his driver and who also falls for the woman; and, Gracia, the stripper who's the boss's girlfriend and who wants out. The club owner, Don Pasqual, has many illegal enterprises and a bad heart. Víctor's impulsive puppy love, Silvio's libido, Gracia's plans, and Don Pasqual's possessiveness make for a dangerous mix. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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It took the makers of this film seven years to complete the project, during which time over a dozen scripts (including chronological) were used. See more »


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don't try to run before you can walk/crawl
10 January 2007 | by vailsySee all my reviews

this film tries to be immensely clever, and Tarantino-like

before you try that though, you need solid filmic fundamentals. these include good sound, editing, set design etc...

lets talk about the sound in this movie. absolutely atrocious. i have never been more distracted by a sound track, ever

and before we talk about low budget, film made in Chile etc.. lets bear in mind that desent sound these days is far more achievable than it ever has been. anywhere. and more info on technique is available then ever before

the sound in this movie is plain bad. the foley in particular is out of place and inappropriate throughout, the atmos is equally terrible. i heard at least four loud clicks during the movie, which are the result of poor sound editing. the sound inside cars is awful, the sound of car doors closing is awful. the sound of the lady singing is wrong. foley is either overboard, or simply not there like the sound person just got bored and gave up. the spaces are wrong. everything about it is wrong

and yet, not letting limitations of creativity get in the way, at the same time the movie tries boldly to be clever. for example the sound of the aquarium is used in the following street scene. we hear sound when we're not supposed to. sound edits precede visual cuts. every trick in the book is used, and yet the foundations are just not there

editing-wise we have scenes using heavy jump cuts, we have tinkering around with the time line etc etc etc, yawn. all of these techniques are imitated to a splendidly low standard

overall the mix is crap, the sound is crap. and so, the film is crap. how can a movie with so many fundamental flaws be considered for awards and high praise? Chile's cinematic new wave? the best creative output that Chile has to offer? i hope not, and i think not.

my theory is that Chile's more selective and better talent avoided this film like the plague maybe due to its risqué content. equally, the film has likely received so much unwarranted critical acclaim from so called 'world-cinema' enthusiasts for the same grubby reasons. they likely revel in it's trashiness. of course film critics rarely pay attention to technical details and quality

this film is rubbish. it's all mouth and no trousers and is never deserving of a 6.8 rating. the film has all the production quality of a cheap Tarantino, new wave inspired porno!

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Release Date:

13 June 2003 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Les débutants See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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