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Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Summary: The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace.
Runtime: 132 min
Rating: Rated R for strong violence, and for language.
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Countries: USA, Spain
Languages: English, Spanish, Quechua
Home Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
Director Credit
John Malkovich Director
Writer Credit
Nicholas Shakespeare Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Javier Bardem Agustín Rejas
Juan Diego Botto Sucre
Laura Morante Yolanda
Cast Credit
Abel Folk Ezequiel/Durán
Alexandra Lencastre Sylvina Rejas
Elvira Mínguez Llosa
Javier Manrique Clorindo
Lucas Rodríguez Gómez
Luís Miguel Cintra Calderón
Marie-Anne Berganza Laura
Natalia Dicenta Marina
Oliver Cotton Merino
Ramiro Jiménez Sergeant Pisac
Wolframio Sinué Santiago
Xabier Elorriaga Pascual
Producer Credit
Andrés Vicente Gómez Producer
John Malkovich Producer
Lianne Halfon Executive Producer
Russell Smith Executive Producer
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