August 2001, Alsina (east to Argentina, close to Atlantic Ocean). In a little town with absence of population and resources, former soccer player Fermín Pelassi and his wife Lidia decide to create a cooperative buying an abandoned silo to restore it and hire people to work, hoping to bring back the business Alsina. Talking between others with friends as aged Antonio Fontana (a self-declared anarchist and Bakunin's fan), train station chief Rolo Belaúnde, redneck expert in explosives Atanasio Medina, businesswoman Carmen Largio and the naive not-too-much-smart but lovely José and Eladio Gómez brothers, all they reunite an amount of 158,000 $. Not having a bank in Alsina, Fermín and Lidia travel the neighbor town of Villagrán to leave the money in a safe box trusting in Alvarado, bank manager, to keep it while they try to negotiate with silo's owner to reduce the original price of 300,000 $. Therefore, Alvarado convinces Fermín to change the money from the safe box to his own bank ...Written by
Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »
Daniel Aráoz's character (Belaúnde) says in a moment, when they go to see the bulldozer and the dynamite, the phrase "¡Olvidate!" ("forget it!"). This word, widely used in recent years, was not yet used as a catchphrase in 2001, when the events of the film. See more »
An entertaining dark comedy, very well paced, it never "drops", never gets slow, never gets boring. Great cast, great acting, very good script (the foreign watcher probably won't notice, but every dialogue is made in a "country/rural" jargon, which adds a lot in terms of authenticity and credibility).
My only critic is regarding the lack of explanation of the 2001 crisis (a simple, small explanation would've been enough) because that reduces the understanding of the foreign audience about the severity of the situation faced by the protagonists. But overall, a good film. Totally recommended.
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