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El patrón, radiografía de un crimen (2014)

With dreams of a better life, a humble but illiterate labourer and his wife leave their poor village in Santiago to move to Buenos Aires. However, a sinister boss' promise of a bright future will come at a high price.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Pfening Guillermo Pfening ... Marcelo Di Giovanni
Andrea Garrote Andrea Garrote ... Nora (Secretaria del Juzgado)
Joaquín Furriel ... Hermogenes Saldivar
Gabriel Fernandez Gabriel Fernandez ... Fiscal
Daniel Rodolfo Sanillo Daniel Rodolfo Sanillo ... Butcher
Germán de Silva ... Armando
Laura Natalia Lebendisky Laura Natalia Lebendisky ... Tatiana
Ema Haydee Fernández Lima Ema Haydee Fernández Lima ... Client 1
Luis Ziembrowski Luis Ziembrowski ... Latuada
Odón Morán López Odón Morán López ... Paraguayan
Mariana Gentile Mariana Gentile ... Client 2
Victoria Raposo Victoria Raposo ... Clara
Joaquina García de Quiros Joaquina García de Quiros ... Joaquina
Mónica Lairana Mónica Lairana ... Gladys
Delia Spinola Delia Spinola ... Client 3


A humble peon finds a job in a big city butcher's shop. His boss, a sinister character, introduces him to the meat business while subjecting him, by means of pressure and extortion, to slavery. The boss's overwhelming cruelty will inevitably lead to tragedy. Based on real facts. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 February 2015 (Argentina) See more »

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El patrón. Radiografía de un crimen See more »

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Based on a true story. The real Hermogenes was sentenced to two years in prison for homicide under the heat of passion. The fulfilment of the sentence was left in suspense and he recovered his freedom. See more »


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Words and Music by Lucas Kohan
Voice by Daniel Figueroa
Guitars and Arrangement by Lucas Kohan
Recording Technician Alejandro Braver
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Portrait of one of the faces of labor exploitation in Argentina
30 September 2018 | by lucas_isjustmeSee all my reviews

Although Argentina has a long road in the recognition of human rights, it still has a pending debt with respect to labor rights, with working under the table being one of the most relevant problems that has worsened seriously in recent years. The film tells the story of Hermógenes, a low-class, illiterate butcher born in a town in the interior of Argentina who moves with his partner to Buenos Aires to progress. There he will be exploited in a cruel and dehumanized way by his "boss" with whom he will maintain a close relationship to slavery. The performances are excellent causing a great indignation in the viewer, and although there are no great scenarios or a photographed work, we find a film that works with its objective that is to show the exploitation suffered by people of low educational training while movintg to large urban centers. 8/10

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