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On Probation (2005)

Tiempo de valientes (original title)
Mariano Is a psychologist who must fulfill community service after losing a lawsuit by a traffic accident. He is forced to provide therapeutic support to Alfredo, a policeman depressed over... See full summary »


Damián Szifron


Agustín Rolandelli (contributing writer), Nicolás Smudt (contributing writer) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Diego Peretti ... Mariano Silverstein
Luis Luque ... Alfredo Díaz
Óscar Ferreiro Óscar Ferreiro ... Lebonian
Gabriela Izcovich Gabriela Izcovich ... Diana (as Gabriela Iscovich)
Martín Adjemián ... Police inspector
Tony Lestingi Tony Lestingi ... Arias
Ernesto Claudio Ernesto Claudio ... Lomianto
Daniel Valenzuela Daniel Valenzuela ... Pontrémoli
Carlos Portaluppi ... Villegas
Marcelo Sein Marcelo Sein ... Farina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Víctor Hugo Carrizo ... Sambi
Óscar Guzmán Óscar Guzmán ... Ordenanza
Mariano Musó Mariano Musó
Horacio Nitalo Horacio Nitalo
Jorge Ochoa ... Forensic


Mariano Is a psychologist who must fulfill community service after losing a lawsuit by a traffic accident. He is forced to provide therapeutic support to Alfredo, a policeman depressed over his wife cheating on him. Mariano is then accidentally involved in a double homicide investigation being conducted by Alfredo. Written by Vanina Waxman

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In addition to its dark humor and its sarcastic tone, the original title of the movie resembles Pulp Fiction (1994)"s spanish translated title: "Tiempos Violentos". Furthermore, the final title card uses a very similar font and colour to the one used in Quentin Tarantino's Movie. See more »


When the two protagonists are smoking a marijuana joint in the policeman's car, Silberman is passed the joint and begins to smoke it. He smokes it throughout the majority of the scene, until only about 2 centimeters remain. When he hands the joint back to Diaz at the end of the scene, there is still half a joint remaining. See more »


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Argentina is up to the Competition
27 November 2007 | by billion_mucksSee all my reviews

This movie is Damian Szifrón's second immersion in movies after his excellent character study in "El Fondo del Mar". With "Tiempo De Valientes" he creates extremely well done characters, far away from prototypes and with an unprecedented chemistry between them. I've seen Szifron's talent to present every character in a lighthearted way but just enough to involve us emotionally with them. His control over them is magnificent, so he restores on the movie a great direction and an overall brilliantly polished script, the characters laugh and cry with real sentiment and invite the viewer to join them in their emotions and their evolution on screen.

The Spanish takes over the English, the Buenos Aires urban landscape at night replaces Hollywood sets and the premise is just as interesting as any other, so we have a film daring to compete over Hollywood's Machinery.

But I want you to see the movie mainly because I've never dealt with such endearing characters, all of them. It seems the script suits perfectly to the actors and vice versa. I really believe with a film making like this Argentina is really up to the Competition.

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29 September 2005 (Argentina) See more »

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