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La león (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | 10 October 2008 (USA)
This visually stunning directorial debut is set in a place lost in time in northern Argentina. Alvaro is a gay man who is an outsider. He works for the violent El Turo, a captain of the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Román Jorge Román ... Alvaro
Daniel Valenzuela Daniel Valenzuela ... El Turu
José Muñoz José Muñoz ... Iribarren
Alfredo Rivas Alfredo Rivas ... Misionero I
Juan Carlos Rivas Juan Carlos Rivas ... Misionero II
Mirta Duran Rivas Mirta Duran Rivas ... Mujer misionera
Esteban Gonzalez Esteban Gonzalez ... Hermano misionero I
Alberto Rivas Alberto Rivas ... Hermano misionero III
Mirta Rivas Mirta Rivas ... Hermana Misionera
Lorena Rivas Lorena Rivas ... Nina misionera
Aida Merel Aida Merel ... Bibliotecaria
Diego Quiroz Diego Quiroz ... Marinaro Julio
Mariano González Mariano González ... Joven del Yate
Marcos Woinsky ... El Alemán
Jimena Cavaco Jimena Cavaco ... Laura


This visually stunning directorial debut is set in a place lost in time in northern Argentina. Alvaro is a gay man who is an outsider. He works for the violent El Turo, a captain of the water bus which links isolated communities. But El Turo is threatened by Alvaro's sexuality and starts harassing him. Written by Anonymous

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Argentina | France



Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Przewoznik See more »

Filming Locations:

Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$940, 12 October 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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life on a south American island
27 September 2016 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Great scenery, great (sparse) script, great black and white photography, great pacing, great story over-all. However. due to the dark mood and setting, it was sometimes impossible to see or sense what was really going on. Alvaro (Jorge Roman) is a lone gay guy on an island in Argentina. He leaves the island occasionally, has a couple jobs, and has run-ins with Turu (Daniel Valenzuela). We're not sure just why Turu hates him, but Turu also seems to have conflicts with the missionaries, apparently to show us what a hateful person Turu really is. Some frontal male nudity. Some violence and simulated sex scenes. This could almost be a documentary. but it's not. The photography of the land, the water, the skies, and the work they do is every bit as interesting as the story. Lots of time spent watching the water, waiting for the boat to arrive, or watching it leave. Some big climactic scenes at the end, but life will go on for the residents of the island. Surprised at the current low rating. Would expect it to rise as more people see this. Excellent film. Well worth the time spent. Directed by Santiao Otheguy. Story by Juan Solanas. Both were born in Argentina.

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