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« on: May 29, 2017, 12:08:01 PM »


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** This review may contain spoilers ***

For bank holiday Monday,I decided to pick one of the titles that I've been saving to watch. Reading up a little on Argentina Neo- Noir after watching the excellent original The Secret In Their Eyes,I decided that it was time to grab the lions tail of this Neo- Noir.

The plot:

Robbing a bank,Larsen and some other gangsters decide to hide their cash in a water tank. Looking out of the office window bored,burnt- out Bruno Di Toro spots someone messing with a water tank across the road. Investigating later.Toro finds himself with more cash than he has ever had,but soon finds that he will have to fight to keep the lion's share.

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Setting the sunrise/sunset on the movie, AnÝbal Gruart and Jorge Navarro snap open a crunchy score,with grinding guitars stepping on Mario's Neo-Noir anxiety and smooth Jazz drums giving the title a simmering tension. Looking for a safe haven with a bagful of cash, Julio De Grazia gives a great performance as the dripping with fear,Neo-Noir loner Bruno Di Toro,while Ulises Dumont stabs the flick with an ice cold charm as gangster Larsen.

Taking the lion share of credit,debuting writer/director Adolfo Aristarain & cinematographer Horacio Maira attack the "dirty war" that the military government were committing, (from 1976-1983 between 9,089 to 30,000 people "disappeared") via red neon lights and whip-pans round the crumbling streets exposing the decay and loss of any trust that has taken root. Running 75 minutes (not counting credits) the screenplay by Adolfo Aristarain has the chance to grill a lean Neo-Noir. Gradually setting up Toro's life, Aristarain disappointingly remains completely detached,with the dour Noir atmosphere thinning out any flames of fear,and there being little progression in the building of pessimism inside of Toro,as he looks into the lion's mouth.

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2017, 02:49:36 PM »

Just a heads up morrison-dylan-fan it's helpful if you give us a source, or how viewed it.  Afro

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2017, 05:18:10 PM »

Just a heads up morrison-dylan-fan it's helpful if you give us a source, or how viewed it.  Afro

Thanks CJ,I'll try to remember next time  Afro

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