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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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

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

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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

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

Wry, acerbic, satiric and moving.

Ken Fox
TV 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.

Kent Turner

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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