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The Clan (2015)

El Clan (original title)
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The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.


Pablo Trapero
14 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »



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


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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Toda familia tiene secretos. [Every family has its secrets.] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Argentina | Spain



Release Date:

13 August 2015 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Klanen See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,519, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,255, 10 April 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Altough Guillermo Francella portrays a dark character in this film, he is very well known in Argentina for interpreting rather comedic characters. See more »


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 »


Arquímedes Puccio: I'm innocent.
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This is an Argentina/Spain co-production based on true events , being well paced , skillfully edited and very interesting .
7 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The most colorful epoch of criminality in Argentina during Galtieri's military dictatorship era is brought to life in this story of a robber and criminal family . As this family kidnapped and killed people in the 80s in a period of economical crisis when any employment, even illegal, was cherished, ambition, money and power originated an interminable cycle of fury and violence. It deal with the Puccio family led by the honorable daddy called Arquimedes : Guillermo Francella , he is going as far as to supervise the homework of his youngest daughter as a dedicated teacher . His eldest son is Alejandro, -Peter Lanzani- , a Rugby star champion . But actually Arquímedes Puccio turns out to be the tyrannical leader of a bunch of delinquents composed of his spouse and children. As they along with some accomplices carry out undercover activities , consisting in abducting wealthy people , detaining them in his own home , mistreating and torturing them and doing away with them after cashing the ransom.

This is true story of the Puccio Clan, a model evil family , but their tale results to be a perverse stew of lies , violence , kidnapping , murders, pronounced bloodshed, sentimental blood bonding , and with a surprising ending . As an upright family -a model family whose well educated children have a promised and bright future- living their deep respectability , but is nothing but a smokescreen , being really a criminal group . The picture is plenty of thrills , intense drama , violence and thought-provoking issues . The main cast and support cast give magnificent interpretations . Here stands out Guillermo Francella who gives a masterful acting as the allegedly honest and dignified storekeeper by trade, who cares about his five children . As well as Peter Lanzani playing Alejandro Puccio , an admired rugby star .

The motion picture well well produced by EL Deseo S.A. : Agustin and Pedro Almodóvar and professionally directed by Pablo Trapero . His films have covered the most important festivals, receiving critical acclaim and awards . Trapero is one of the biggest creative forces in Latin American Cinema .He has sat on the main Festival juries at Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno, among others . In 2014 he served as President of Un Certain Regard in Cannes. In 2015 the Ministry of Culture of France awarded him Chevallier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, becoming the first south american director in receiving this honor. In 1999 Trapero directed his first feature, Mundo Grua, which won the Critics Prize at Venice. In 2002, he opened his production company, Matanza Cine, that produces films for fellow filmmakers, as well as his own. His second feature, El Bonaerense (2002) premiered at Cannes, Familia Rodante (2004) at Venice, and Nacido y Criado (2006) at Toronto. In 2008, Leonera, presented in Competition at Cannes, revealed the talent of Martina Gusman, muse, actress and producer of the cineaste. He returned to Cannes with Carancho (2010) and Elefante Blanco (2012), both in Un Certain Regard. Trapero is a good filmmaker , his best film was ¨Carancho¨, dealing with a slow burning exercise in moral decay and his usual actress results to be Martina Gosman who has worked in various film with him , such as : ¨Lion's den¨ , ¨Nacido y Criado¨ , ¨Carancho¨ and ¨Elefante Blanco¨ . This El Clan turns out to be a dramatic and provoking flick , an above average film and Argentina's official submission to Academy Award and it achieved several Prizes of the Argentinean Academy. With this his latest film, The Clan, he won the Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice International Film Festival . Indispensable and essential seeing for Guillermo Francella fans .

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