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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

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)  »

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Klanen  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,519, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,255, 10 April 2016
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Trivia

As in The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Guillermo Francella was not featured with his moustache, his trademark. 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

[upon kidnapping Ricardo Manoukian]
Arquímedes Puccio: [to Alex, who is seen breathing heavily] Are you ok?
[Alex doesn't answer; he gives a short glance to his father and keeps breathing heavily]
Arquímedes Puccio: Alex?
Alejandro Puccio: I'm ok, dad.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Encuentro Con El diablo
Written by Charly García and David Lebón
Performed by Serú Girán
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An amazing thriller of a real-life villain.
22 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Few years after the dictatorship in Argentina by Rafael Videla is overthrown, the remaining members of that military order begin a life of crime, using as an excuse that the Argentinians sold the country and pushed the patriots into catastrophe. At this time in history, is where the story of Arquímides Puccio (Guillermo Franchella) and his family take place. Puccio is an old retired military who starts kidnapping rich youngsters not just for the money, but to satisfy an evil mind that wants suffering. However, his five children, Alejandro (Peter Lanzani), Maguila (Gastón Cocchiarale), Silvia (Giselle Motta), Adriana (Antonia Bengoechea) and Guillermo (Franco Masini), are the ones who end up with the biggest sorrow. This brilliant movie is not a conventional crime thriller, it also explores the psychological illness of all the members in this family caused by the oppressing voice of Puccio's patriarchy. Alejandro, the brilliant and successful eldest child, is the connection between us and the pain inside the characters. The narrative of the story begins by the end, and so it goes interchanging present and future, until they collide in a sublime climax when all the feelings and thoughts of the children explode. Each one of the characters, even though they were real, are so astoundingly designed that you can feel the hate of the father; the indifference of the mother; the rage, the fear and even the love of the children. Another remarkable aspect of this movie is the BSO, featuring an accurate selection between The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Argentinian rock of the 80's like Seru Giran and Virus. This is also a portrait of the post-dictatorship era as a fictional interpretation of the feelings of an old retired military, his new war, and his new army: his family.


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