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  • Summary: The life of a locksmith living in a quiet town near Buenos Aires changes drastically when his boss sends him on an errand to open a safe, leading him to be arrested for robbery.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism.
  2. 75
    Unfolds leisurely, in anecdotal style, with deadpan humor and a sense of the absurd.
  3. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    Not exactly a police corruption thriller, the film is more a study of innocence betrayed, though its insights into Argentine law enforcement are pretty scary.
  4. 70
    As a morality play, it's a one-sided contest, because the question of whether power corrupts is never a question at all. As a queasily thrilling tour of a dirty little corner of the world, however, Trapero's film offers a memorable ride.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    60
    Episodic in its storytelling, the film never really achieves any true narrative momentum. But individual scenes do register strongly.
  7. Still, the vapor traces of farce and policier that waft from this terribly earnest film never coalesce -- perhaps our own cultural remove allows what plays straight at home to be experienced as slightly daffy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1