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7 Boxes (7 cajas)

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The fresh award-winning Paraguayan thriller now available on DVD.

Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow leader, dreams of becoming famous, often absorbed by the TV in the appliance store in the Municipal Market.

He receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content, in exchange for the torn half of a $100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job. Víctor, who has never seen this much money, has no idea how much it really is. But he also knows well that his need is greater than his curiosity.

With a borrowed cell phone the contractor uses to tell him the way, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way. There is something in those boxes that starts a high-speed wheelbarrow chase in the secret and gloomy corridors of the market. Without even realizing, Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they know nothing.

In Spanish, with English subtitles


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  • Actors: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez, Nico García
  • Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ISK98NY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauralyn Bunn on February 24, 2014
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Loved the pacing of this film. Great story telling with natural characters whose motivational nature comes from daily survival in the streets of the markets. It is edgy and sadly humerous. This could happen in any third world city market. Not just a film from Paraguay but a film of the world today. Lets see more from this writer and director....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marianna castiaux on February 17, 2014
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For Returned Peace Corps Volunteers this is a must see!! Guarani, is the second official language in Paraguay and is used throughout this movie. Terere is an ice cold mate beverage, only from Paraguay, is drank by the policemen, gosh how i miss it. The love for cell phones as well, and so many memories are brought back. Watch it and remember your Guarani. It brings you home.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on March 17, 2014
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“7 Boxes” (“7 cajas”) is a Paraguayan thriller about a 17-year-old boy named Víctor (Celso Franco), working as a wheelbarrow leader in an Asunción market. And he needs money right now.

One day luck comes his way in the form of seven wooden boxes Víctor is entrusted with by a shop owner. All he has to do is this: deliver them safely and don’t look inside. Víctor will get $100 for this simple job of carrying them just eight blocks away.

Of course, this is not simple, as it turns out. Because of some misunderstandings and coincidences, the job becomes a nightmare when some people start looking for the boy.

This is a low-budget thriller with non-professionals shot on location. The “Transporter”-like story is more incredible than that of Jason Statham movies, with so many coincidences and too neat ending. Flawed as it is, however, unstoppable energy of directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori is undeniable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas A on October 13, 2014
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This movie is amazing; the film portrays well the gritty reality of being poor in Paraguay, while providing an action packed storyline that keeps you interested in the film. It is in a genre called fiction of reality (meaning the scenes depicted are completely fictional, but not out of the realm of possibility given the local realities). The film was filmed in Asuncion's largest and most crowded street market (mercado 4) and was produced on an incredibly low-budget using nothing more than handheld cameras, meaning that the director's had to be extremely creative in producing an action packed violent/gore-laden film without any special effects.

Is Paraguay dangerous? Not too dangerous and far less than its neighbors. Do kidnappings for ransom occur? Yes. Do people die in those kidnappings despite ransom's being paid? Yes, including an ex-President's daughter (Cecilia Cubas). For those making stupid comments about how unrealistic it is for an impoverished person to be fascinated by a cellphone, learn a bit about development and behavioral economics. Poverty is boring and sucks; technology is a means of escape (at least momentarily) from that poverty. Also the film takes place in 2005 before "smart phones" were widely available (black berries were all the rage for business but not personal phones).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on July 12, 2014
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This may be the first film I've seen from Paraguay although coincidentally it's neighbor, Argentina, has a highly regarded film industry that produces exception films. This film shows us, with it's imaginative narrative, a Paraguayan economy that is agricultural; marketplace driven; high income inequality where age (as in India for example) is no barrier to labor for survival. So what is the story? A young, high school age, man plies the market streets daily with his wheelbarrow asking shoppers & merchants if he can earn a few Guarani (the exchange numbers to US dollars will show you the inflationary pressures just to be able to afford a small meal) to haul their merchandise. His decision making shows a lack of formal education and his poverty shows a lack of resources e.g. even a cell phone. His only other exposure to technology is seeing a TV in a shop window where he imagines himself to be on the screen. Though a series of comedic and tragic missteps his dream is about to become reality. Acting, directing, cinematography, script, setting (actual street markets) all on a low budget - well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Henry on August 2, 2014
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Fast and fun. You won't see Hollywood producing this movie so enjoy it before it's lost in the foreign movie abyss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol P. on July 2, 2014
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This movie does an excellent job of portraying the life of the poor in the capital city of Asuncion Paraguay. I lived in Paraguay and worked there, and this movie presents a meaningful and deep insight into the lives of those on the margins of society. Filmed at Mercado 4 marketplace, a crazy typical open air third world market, the actions and characters capture the type of life lived by those in that economic group. I would highly recommend this movie for its actions, its main actor who was cast from actual Paraguayans who live in this environment, its reality and drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bell Howell on March 1, 2015
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An amazing film from Paraguay. Takes place in a huge (real) market over the course of about 24 hours. Story of a young man and a girl 'friend' who gets put in charge of 7 crates of ?? He's to move them around the market until the police lose interest in the shop they were stored in. To say that complications arise is to underestimate their contents or the number of characters (whom we meet and enjoy) who want a peek inside. The only film in my acquaintance that features a push-cart chase. Funny, fun, exciting, and satisfying.
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