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El Clan (2015)

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

Director:

Pablo Trapero

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Cast

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
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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 hechos reales. [Based on true events.] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 2015 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Klanen See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Mónica: [to Alex, after both are taken into custody] Sweetheart, what's happening? Alex!
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Connections

Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.104 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Written by Allan Roberts (lyrics) and Doris Fisher (melody)
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spots
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Good Film, Poor Subtitling.
31 July 2016 | by Tim MeadeSee all my reviews

A few years back, I was advising a Francophile mate of the virtues of the wonderful French comedy, The Intouchables. I mentioned also that the subtitling was superb. 'How would you know?' he asked, aware that I had but a smattering of schoolboy French. I explained that the grammar and syntax was perfect, and colloquialisms clearly caught the spirit of the piece - you simply forgot you were reading script, allowing you to concentrate on the visuals.

Sadly, the taut Argentine crime thriller,The Clan, looks as if it's been subtitled by a dyslexic alcoholic using Google translate. It was extremely frustrating. I was clearly watching a very well made film, based on real events, about a Mafiosa-style family engaged in kidnapping and extortion; this was at a time, the 1980s, when the government was up to similar tactics - many dissidents simply disappeared. Keeping Police and officials sweet, the family could act with near impunity.

Everything about the film - its story, pacing, acting, direction was top notch. But the constantly poor subtitling proved too great a distraction and detracted from the film itself.

I can recommend the film without hesitation to any fluent Spanish speakers among you.


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