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Carancho (The Vulture) [DVD]

Ricardo Darín , Martina Gusman , Pablo Trapero    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber
  • Directors: Pablo Trapero
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007DIPSS6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Starring Ricardo Darín (Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) and Martina Gusman (Lion's Den), leading Argentinean director Pablo Trapero (Born & Bred, Rolling Family) takes us on a thrilling nocturnal journey into the darker side of Buenos Aires in the gripping and highly acclaimed thriller CARANCHO (The Vulture).

Sosa (Darín) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Lujan (Gusman) is a young, idealistic country doctor new to the city. After Lujan and Sosa's paths repeatedly cross, the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa s turbulent past. With traffic accidents the number one cause of death in Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich from the personal tragedies that litter the streets.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
`Carancho' is the new film from Argentinian director Pablo Trapero. The film begins with some startling statistics, where over 8,000 deaths and 120,000 people are injured on Argentinian roads every year. Set in Buenos Aires in what appears to be a deeply corrupt system, the insurance companies, lawyers, the medical profession and the police are all in on the scam to defraud as many unsuspecting accident victims as possible.

The `Carancho's' prey on victims who are usually the poorest and most vulnerable, who do not have the means or education to know any better. One of these `Carancho's' is Sosa (Ricardo Darin), an ambulance-chasing ex-lawyer who works for the "Foundation", a crooked organisation posing as a charity. They mediate between insurance companies and offer huge pay-outs to the accident victims, but in fact exploit them and take the lions share of the pot.

Sosa meets Luján (Martina Gusmán), a young doctor who supplements her day job of working in a hospital by doing night shifts in an ambulance. Initially, they both seem poles apart when they meet at an accident. But they are both as damaged as each other, sharing the pain of dealing with the same injured patients. Luján needs emotional support to sustain her through an impossibly demanding job, often injecting drugs to cope and stay awake. Sosa knows that what he is doing is wrong, but its payback for previous misdemeanours. Luján gives him the moral determination to finish his job and move on, but there are complications.

`Carancho' is a claustrophobic and brutally frank film. But its not all grim in Buenos Aires, Sosa and Lujáns relationship gives the film a sense of hope.
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This Argentinean film stars Ricardo Darin (`Nine Queens' and `The Secret in their eyes') as Sosa. He has lost his practicing licence as an attorney and so is reduced to what is often referred to as `ambulance chasing'. Whilst attending the scene of an accident in an attempt to whip up some trade from the victim, the paramedic shows up and she is Lujan (Martina Gusman). As he starts to see more of her he finally gets round to asking her out and an unlikely relationship develops. Whilst she self medicates in order to cope, he starts to see that he can no longer carry on in his role and an exit strategy is called for.

This is all set against the background of the compensation vultures who will stop at nothing to get their hands on their clients money and try to keep it there. We also have police complicity as well as the ambulance crews and medical staff all in on the scams. Sosa finally has a crisis of conscience and it is at that point that he truly sees how depraved the system that he is working in, really can be.

This is a well directed tale from Pablo Trapero who wants to expose this vile trade and the seeming relentless road accidents that take place in Argentina. Whilst there is a message there is also a good story and the all of the acting is of a very high standard. There may be a tad too many coincidences for some viewers tastes but as such they are merely plot contrivances that are forgivable in the context of the film.

In Spanish with good sub titles and a run time of 107 minutes; there is some action and violence and next to `nada' in the bedroom department, but I still found this to be very watchable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow as treacle and memorably dull 6 Oct 2013
By Fraz
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This film was given multiple 4 and 5 star reviews by critics and i have to ask just what they have been watching if they think this is a 4 or 5 star film? It dragged and dragged and dragged.I watched it with my parents and my brother and we all thought it was very poor and could not believe how it could have been so well reviewed. My dad fell asleep and my mum was nodding off too. I was tempted myself, would have been more interesting. Bungs for critics perhaps? I know reviews are subjective but a 5 star review for this is ludicrous. It makes me angry as i often buy based on reviews and its a waste of money.

Compared to Nine queens and The secret in their eyes this is a very very poor film. Even the great acting of Ricardo darin couldnt save it. It seemed ridiculous as well that Darin, looking haggard and baggy eyed as usual,has an affair with a beautiful doctor who looks about half his age. It just wasnt believable. There is one good and amusing scene where 2 gang members who have just been in a fight are getting treated in the same hospital in the same room. They spot each other and despite their injuries start fighting again.That was the only high point of the film.

I love Argentinian cinema and have seen several great films, including the 2 mentioned above, but this is not one of them. Monotonous with unbelievable plot lines its one to avoid, unless you need help getting to sleep, and definitely another one that goes straight in the charity bag.
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