Carancho

Carancho

A thrilling nocturnal journey into the darker side of Buenos Aires life, where vultures prey in the night and an unusual love story will form that is sure to set hearts racing through to the film’s powerful finale. 3.4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
Carancho

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Certificate
Genre Drama
Director Pablo rapero
Cast Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber, José Luis Arias, Loren Acuña Ricardo Darín
Studio Axiom Films
Release Date March 2012
Running Time 107 mins
 

A thrilling nocturnal journey into the darker side of Buenos Aires life, where vultures prey in the night and an unusual love story will form that is sure to set hearts racing through to the film’s powerful finale.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Passion and affirmation are reserved for love scenes and even these are shot like newsreels from an abattoir: lots of turning flesh in a torment of (self-)annihilation. The film’s bitterness of vision may owe as much to style as to content: this is not King Lear, it does not go deep. But a vision of sorts it is, harsh and haunting.

01/03/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Some movies are described as explosive: this is positively eardrum-perforating. It's a brutal but very smart contemporary noir from the Argentinian director Pablo Trapero, and it could be his best film to date, the clearest and most effective fusion of his dual gifts for realism and thrills.

01/03/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

As in all fatalistic film noirs, Sosa and Luján end up involved in situations that rapidly spiral out of control. Ethical questions get complex, lines that should not be crossed get blurred. Like all tainted innocents, these two wonder if they have the strength of character and the luck necessary to break free of the kind of entanglements that only deep and pervasive corruption creates. For our part, all we can do is hold our breath and wish them luck.

11/02/2012

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

Grimly satisfying.

26/02/2012

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

It most resembles the conspiracy thrillers that Hollywood turned out in its 1970s golden age. Think Alan J Pakula and Francis Ford Coppola, ‘The Parallax View’ and ‘The Conversation’, tainted heroes, and an abiding sense of a system so mired in corruption the rest of us don’t stand a chance.

28/02/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

His film is claustrophobic, largely set at night and in life's darker corners, and the atmosphere is as thick and rancid as something ejected by a garbage impactor. The film's plotting is at times ragged and muffled, though this might be intentional, a way of suggesting the endless ramifications of the endemic corruption. The performances, however, have depth and resonance.

04/03/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The vivid, grimy details of Darin and Gusman's nocturnal work are a good deal more distinctive than conventional hard-boiled plotting, and there won't be many thrillers this year that pack a bigger, more teeth-rattling punch

04/03/2012

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

The performances are solid, but this feels more like a slick genre picture than an authentic slice of life.

27/02/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s a sordid world which magnifies the flaws in a character — and both Sosa and Luján have their share of flaws. Even so the collision force of the film’s conclusion is likely to take you by surprise.

02/03/2012

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Total Film

Jonathan Crocker

Darín and Gusman are two of Argentina’s most soulful stars, but Trapero struggles to crank up the tension on both their relationship and his corruption exposé.

20/02/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Has a Hollywood-ish air that sits oddly with the gritty plot. We’re headed, by the end, for a literal pile-up: the statistic that 8,000 Argentinians die in traffic accidents every year gives his film a context, but Trapero didn’t need to work quite so hard to prove it.

01/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

His eventual fate is a little glib, but his route towards it — involving battles with his villainous colleagues and a romance with an anguished hospital doctor (Martina Gusman) — is a richly textured tale of survivalism in the urban jungle.

04/03/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The problem with the film is its murkiness of plotting – we are never quite sure who owes, or owns, whom – though Gusman and Darín are good as the flawed couple. Its journey through nighttime Buenos Aires is less dangerous, though perhaps not much less grim, than an actual ride through those mean streets.

02/03/2012

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The New York Times

Jeannette Catsoulis

At heart an unlovely love story illuminated by sudden flares of violence, the film reeks of hopelessness and moral destitution, offering its lovers few means of escape.

10/02/2011

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