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El Candidato (2016)

"The Candidate" delivers a behind-the-scenes tale of a campaign being run in an effort to get nondescript millionaire Martin Marchand (Diego de Paula) elected to office. A team of advisers ... See full summary »

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Daniel Hendler

Writers:

Daniel Hendler, Alberto Rojas Apel (collaborating writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego De Paula Diego De Paula ... Martín Marchand
Ana Katz Ana Katz ... Laura Ambrosio
Matías Singer Matías Singer ... Mateo Borrás
Roberto Suárez Roberto Suárez ... Leo Mardones
José Luis Arias José Luis Arias ... Asistente Gabriel
César Troncoso ... Enrique F
Alan Sabbagh ... Asesor Sebas
Verónica Llinás Verónica Llinás ... Eloísa C
Fernando Amaral ... Actor de postura
Mauricio Rodríguez Mauricio Rodríguez ... Creativo 2
Chiara Hourcade Chiara Hourcade ... Rocío
Ricardo Merkin Ricardo Merkin ... Cazador
Rodrigo Gils Rodrigo Gils ... Creativo 1
Sergio Rodríguez Sergio Rodríguez ... Asador
Pablo Bonasso Pablo Bonasso ... Hombre Eloísa 1
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"The Candidate" delivers a behind-the-scenes tale of a campaign being run in an effort to get nondescript millionaire Martin Marchand (Diego de Paula) elected to office. A team of advisers is brought in to manufacture the image of Marchand, producing social media profiles, commercials and a new public persona. Conflict arises when it is revealed that not everyone is who they present themselves to be. At his country estate, a rich businessman who wants to be president is groomed by a campaign team to create an image palatable to middle-class voters. Written by M&M

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Official Sites:

Cordón Films [Uruguay]

Country:

Uruguay | Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 2016 (Uruguay) See more »

Also Known As:

Il candidato See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Dark comedy
20 July 2017 | by hof-4See all my reviews

Martin Marchand, a successful businessman and the son of a multimillionaire, decides to strike on his own in the political field, postulating himself as a candidate for diputado (roughly, the equivalent of congressman). He is obviously in conflict with his father, who constantly puts him down and who has assigned Martin a menial place in his own political organization. Over the course of two days in Martin's farm (does it belong to his father?) we see the beginnings of the manufacturing of the candidate's fictitious personality by various experts and specialists in sound, filming, graphic design, marketing, etc. The topics under discussion include such absurdities as what bird and what tree should be Martin associated with in the planned add campaign.

In the second part of the movie the plot darkens, as some of the experts' loyalties come into question, and the film veers from black comedy into drama. The transition is smooth, but there is some lack of clarity about these loyalties and the way they are dealt with by Martin's goons. Still, the balance of the movie is positive. Acting and cinematography are excellent.

Director Daniel Hendler, born in Montevideo, has had a distinguished career as an actor in his country and in Argentina, both in TV series and movies and in feature films, some of the best under director Daniel Burman. This is his second film he helms (not counting a short) and he is already a director to watch.


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