A flamboyant impresario and an ageing ex-wrestling champion arrive in a small town, offering a hefty award to the local challenger. In fact, the promoter wants to rinse the spectators for every penny. But, is this a good day to go fishing?
Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince", make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing wrestling exhibitions. Arriving in Santa Maria, they are met with uncommon enthusiasm, the local newspaper wants to sponsor the fight, helping hands placard the town with posters, and an open call is made for a worthy adversary. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant, but fishing in Santa Maria could lead to a bigger catch than he'd hoped for.Written by
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My boyfriend is going to fight that Champion. But first, you have to deposit the money.
I'm sorry to tell you that there's already a Challenger.
Why him and not my boyfriend?
There can only be one contender.
The sad ceremony, young lady. Or is it that in this town you bury your men without a wake?
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Good movie. With a lilting rhythm surround but tells the story of a world champion who is battling low hours, enough to agree to do exhibition amateur combats in remote villages of the Uruguayan geography.
Resounding characters. The exact contents and dialogs. A little humor and a bit of drama ... and that Orsini (Gary Piquer), outstanding, which is the soul of the film.
The film oozes pause, warmth, closeness, deceit, greed: life in general. The supporting actors perfectly complement Piquer, projecting the presence of Antonella Costa and César Troncoso, the ambitious girlfriend of the challenging and the director-journalist who sponsor the contest.
In short, real good cinema.
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