El bonaerense
El bonaerense (2002)

Zapa is a regular, hard-working, 35-year-old locksmith living in rural Argentina. When his boss asks him to do a special job for some special clients, Zapa agrees, for he has no choice. He ends up having to crack the safe at a store so the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

Credit El Bonaerense with journalistic single-mindedness and, given recent Argentine history, sheer guts.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The vapor traces of farce and policier that waft from this terribly earnest film never coalesce.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Brimming with wry humor, softened by the filmmaker's Renoir-like love of his protagonist, El Bonaerense is a masterful illustration of vitiation, the sort that simple men like Zapa are heir to.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Director Trapero drives home his message -- the thin line between crooks and cops -- without hitting viewers over the head or seeming to point fingers.

John Anderson
Newsday

Wry, acerbic, satiric and moving.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Trapero again proves himself a master of mood, evoking the gritty, workaday world of contemporary Argentina that helped establish him as one of the most important young directors of the new Argentine cinema.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[A] powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.

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Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Low budget and technically polished, El Bonaerense is a calm, simmering satire of a police force that is a power all to itself.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Stunningly shot in earthy graininess, Trapero's film feels so real it's hard to remember this is fiction.

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