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Sosa (Ricardo Darin, The Secret in Their Eyes) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Lujan (Martina Gusman, Lion's Den) 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 traffics accidents as the number one cause of deaths in Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich from the personal tragedies that literally litter the streets.

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a neo-noir thriller --Larry Rohter, The New York Times

intensely dramatic... powerful stuff --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

a taut, suspenseful noir thriller... extraordinarily gripping --Geoff Andrew, Time Out London


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  • Actors: Ricardo Darin, Martina Gusman
  • Directors: Pablo Trapero
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, 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: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PKNYK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Levic on August 8, 2011
Format: DVD
Ricardo Darin is one of Argentina's most famous and respected actors and he stars as Hector Sosa in CARANCHO. Knowing Darin was in the movie gave me high expectations for this film. Through no fault of Darin, I felt CARANCHO was a mess of a movie. I didn't expect such a dark and dismal story about pseudo-lawyers preying on victims of car accidents. CARANCHO means vulture in Spanish and refers to these ambulance-chasing scoundrels who skim off a huge portion of insurance awards leaving victims with a small percentage.

It is commendable that CARANCHO does delve into a less than favorable element of Argentine society. I wondered how epidemic this problem is why nothing is done about it. Sosa works for the mysterious "Foundation." We never know exactly what they are but we do know they are not an honest group of men. Sosa, for some unknown reason, is working there until he gets his suspended license reinstated. I wasn't sure what license was revoked, but it appears to be his lawyer's license. Sosa seems eager to play the game and earn a living from the misfortune of others. Yet, he does seem to have a bit of a heart and wants out of "The Foundation." He meets and falls in love with a dedicated, hard working young doctor named Lujan. He unintentionally draws her into his life of deceit and before long, there is no hope of going back.

CARANCHO does dwell on the seedier and darker side of Argentine life. Don't expect to see the beautiful side of Buenos Aires. It's mostly run down buildings, back alleys and traffic accidents. Maybe the dark aspect of the movie was intended to convey a message that maybe Argentineans would better understand. For me, I was disappointed in the film on all aspects.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2011
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CARANCHO ('Vulture' or 'a bird of prey; an animal that attack and feed on wounded animals') is a disturbing film from the opening sequences until the end. Before any story begins we are given the information (superimposed over black and white photographs for broken glass and bodies on a street) about the number of automobile accidents and deaths (in excess of 8,000) each year, the leading cause of deaths in Argentina. This grim fact has produced an even more grim industry - ambulance chasing lawyers who follow and even at times stage accidents in order to collect from insurance and scam the real victims and the insurances companies too. This industry requires the participation of doctors, paramedical personnel and police on the take. Every aspect of this horrendous situation is played out in this tersely written (Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, and Pablo Trapero who also directs). It is a tough film to watch but does serve to alert the audience to a major crime industry that though set in Buenos Aires, Argentina is prevalent probably throughout the world.

Sosa (Ricardo Darín) is a lawyer who has lost his license form some unstated reason who is now working for a 'foundation' that falls into the category discussed above. He not only chases ambulances but also pays men to stage them so that he can collect money based on the fact that he works with the distraught families to win power of attorney for the injured or deceased, giving him access to the insurance money. His bosses are competitive and Sosa is repeatedly attacked physically a la mob style for his failure to perform.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 9, 2012
Format: DVD
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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