Movie tip: Carancho

Carancho (2010) is Argentina’s contribution to the 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Picture category. Last year’s argentinian contribution Secret In Their Eyes (2009) won the Oscar in this category. As with Secret In Their Eyes, actor Ricardo Darin plays the lead role.

In Carancho, Darin plays the sleazy lawyer who lost his license and is now lurking around victims of traffic accidents trying to make them his clients. It is during these premises that he meet Lujan (Martina Gusman) who is a doctor trying to save the lives of these victims.

Carancho is not as stunning as Secret In Their Eyes. It will not win an Oscar, but I would not be surprised if it in fact would receive a nomination. It is a very well scriptured movie. It mixes romance with thriller seen with a fairly cruel look upon human values.

Here is Twitchfilm’s review

“We are all familiar with the concept of the sleazy lawyer, the vulture who lurks on the outskirts just awaiting his chance to swoop in and profit on others’ misfortune. Pablo Trapero takes that image as the center of his stellar, genre defying, latest effort Carancho.

The always-stellar Ricardo Darin is Sosa, a man with a hidden history who now ekes out a living working as a personal injury lawyer, scanning the police radio and chasing ambulances to find poor people caught in misfortune and handle their insurance claims – always being sure to skim a healthy percentage for his employers.

It is while working his nightly rounds that Sosa first meets Lujan (Martina Gusman) a young doctor who, like Sosa, carries an awful lot of weight and history in her eyes. Sosa knows seemingly immediately that Lujan is the woman for him. She needs some convincing, but the two are nevertheless drawn inexorably together.

And this is when we learn that Sosa’s sleaze goes beyond an unfortunate profession and into outright criminal behavior. A job goes wrong, someone ends up dead and Sosa’s life – so close to achieving happiness – crumbles.

A film that fuses stellar character work and intimate drama with larger thriller and heist moments with a few elements of shocking violence thrown in for good measure, Carancho is a masterful piece of work from writer / director / producer / editor Pablo Trapero. Trapero serves notice here that he is one of the very best film makers int he world today. Period. The complexity of his characters, the technical quality of the film work, his ability to balance intimate emotion with realistic and brutal action sequences, his obvious skill in working with actors – though that is made easier when you have actors the caliber of Darin to work with – Trapero is at the highest level in all of these. Flawless? Carancho comes pretty damn close. With one day left for me here in Cannes, this is the film of the festival for me.”



4 Responses to “Movie tip: Carancho”

  1. 1 MIKAEL
    October 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Old shit! dont try to speak about music when you post this shit alway to late

  2. October 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    First of all, my movie tips concern films from all times. Not only the new ones.

    Secondly, Carancho has not yet received a global western release besides the screenings at the international film festivals.

    Sure I can tip you about the new korean movie Midnight FM, but unless you live in Korea, you cant really watch the movie…get the picture?

  3. 3 MIKAEL
    November 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    sorry I was writing about the A-track not the movie.

  4. November 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Well, “Ray Ban Vision” was reported by sites like Pitchfork, Selectism etc on Oct 14. I was 1 day late, but on the other hand I dont have the same resources as big commercial websites.
    The track is featured on Fool’s Gold Vol 1 which was released Oct 25. Can’t seem to understand how you can think I was late in reporting this.

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