Bombón: El Perro
Details: (M), 97 mins, Argentina,
Synopsis: A luckless mechanic finds unexpected success when he comes to the aid of a stranded woman and her family repays his kindness with a pure bred Argentinian dog. An enthusiastic dog trainer encourages him to look to dog shows and breeding programs as a path to good fortune.
A quiet and understated masterpiece.
Argentinean director Carlos Sorin began his career in advertising, but you'd never guess it watching his latest film Bombón: El Perro.
Bombón: El Perro is a quiet and understated masterpiece. Its brilliance lies in its complex character study, executed superbly by non-professional actors. Juan Villegas and Walter Donado are thoroughly believable as the disenfranchised characters who bear their names. Villegas' face conveys so much about the struggles of life in Argentina, as his character rolls with the punches.
It's like an old-school road movie, following life's random twists and turns, rather than a formula script. And Bombon, the pedigree pooch who gives the film its name, is as much a star as Juan is.
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