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El Clan (2015)

The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arquímedes Puccio
Gastón Cocchiarale ... Maguila Puccio
... Alejandro Puccio
Stefanía Koessl ... Mónica
Aníbal Barengo ... Basualdo
Aldo Onofri ... Ordoñez
Rubén Estévez ... Comisario
Miguel Ángel Lembo ... Comodoro
Fabio Aste ... Secretario Comodoro
Fernando Miró ... Gordon
Juan Cruz Márquez de la Serna ... Oveja Gonzalo
Santiago Privitera ... Eduardo Aulet (as Juan Santiago Privitera)
... Guillermo Puccio
Antonia Bengoechea ... Adriana Puccio
... Epifanía Puccio
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Storyline

The Puccios...? A model family! They are few, those that could match them. The father? A dignified man, (honest) storekeeper by trade, who cares about his five children, going as far as to supervise the homework of his youngest daughter. The mother? Both a dedicated teacher and a regular Martha Stewart. The children? Well-educated and promised to a bright future. Alejandro, for one, is already an admired rugby star. Except that... all this respectability is nothing but a smokescreen! The truth is that Arquimedes Puccio is also - and mainly - the tyrannical leader of a criminal gang composed of... his wife and children. Puccio's undercover activities ? Well, they consist in kidnapping rich people (preferably young), detaining them in his own house, torturing them gratuitously and doing away with them after cashing the ransom. The Puccios, a model family? Yes, but a model evil family! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Basada en la historia real de la familia Puccio. [Based on the true story of the Puccio Family.] See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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13 August 2015 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Klanen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,519, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,255, 10 April 2016
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Trivia

Second consecutive Argentine film to be produced by K&S Films and El Deseo, the first one being Wild Tales (2014). See more »

Goofs

Car plates shown in the movie are not accurate. The movie takes place in in 80's and two different cars show the same plates (C1844288, first a grey Fiat 1500 when they are about to collect the first payment) and again the same plate later on. That number where about the last ones used in 1994 when Argentina changed the plate pattern to 3 letter + 3 number.

Also the kidnapping van shows two different plates on the back and the front (In Argentina using both plates is mandatory). See more »

Quotes

Arquímedes Puccio: Good morning.
Secretario Comodoro: Morning.
Arquímedes Puccio: I need to see the Commodore.
Secretario Comodoro: You already told me that on the phone and I've already explained it to you.
Arquímedes Puccio: That's why I'm here. I'm not happy with your explanation.
Secretario Comodoro: Listen, Puccio. I don't have time for this. Can't you see it?
Arquímedes Puccio: Am I not making myself clear? I want... to see the Commodore.
Secretario Comodoro: Things aren't looking too good. You'd do well to stay under the radar for a bit. This goverment is fucking it up to the point that no one can tell what'll happen next. Do as I say. Lay Low....
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Connections

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Written by Charly García and David Lebón
Performed by Serú Girán
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True Argentinian Crime Story
27 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

-The Clan (Spanish: El Clan) is a 2015 Argentine crime film directed by Pablo Trapero. It was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival where director Pablo Trapero won the Silver Lion. The film was selected as the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

--Reception: -The film opened in Argentina on 13 August 2015 to generally positive reviews. It had the largest opening weekend of any Argentinean film in history, with a box office total of 32 million pesos and 505,000 tickets sold between opening Thursday and Sunday, representing 53% of all cinema-goers, seven times more than the second most viewed film, Ted 2. This surpassed the previous record of the 2014 film Wild Tales. According to BBC News, 1.5 million people saw the film in its first two weeks of release.

-The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival in September 2015. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter singled out the arresting sound track in their reviews; Variety called the choice of music "among the film's most unnerving strategies, reminiscent of Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, in which celebratory pop tunes evoke the era even as they practically serve to encourage the horrors depicted on screen"; The Hollywood Reporter noted that the "loud, upbeat songs ... provide a counterpoint ... (suggesting) how kidnapping became simply a part of life for the Puccios. It's never clearer than in a daring montage sequence that matches Monica's cries of ecstasy during a bout of lovemaking with the cries for help of a kidnapping victim in the family's home. For these folks, there seems to be a mighty fine line between love and cruelty".

-The success of the film led to a TV series that is also focused on the Puccio family, Historia de un clan, starring Alejandro Awada.


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