Argentina’s Criminal Lovers

Gun crazy: Sbaraglia and Pablo Echarri in Burnt Money
photo: The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Gun crazy: Sbaraglia and Pablo Echarri in Burnt Money

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Passionate Stories, A Passion For Storytelling: Recent Argentine Cinema
Walter Reade
April 27 through May 17

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Another Argentine commercial success, Felicidades is a comedy of despair set on a soggy, sweltering Christmas Eve; Lucho Bender's first feature involves a half-dozen stories that move at a frantic pace and eventually connect in a more or less likely manner. It's flashy filmmaking (Bender started his career making TV commercials) that packs an emotional punch when least expected. Darker still, Sergio Bellotti's Tesoro Mío is based on a true crime story about a trusted bank clerk turned embezzler. In this savaging of the petite bourgeoisie, Bellotti spares no one, but Gabriel Goity's performance lends a bit of panache to what would have otherwise been an insufferable character.

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