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Burnt Money [Import]

Eduardo Noriega , Leonardo Sbaraglia , Marcelo Piñeyro    R (Restricted)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burnt Money May 21 2004
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The tempo of the movie reminds me of that of Monsters Ball. I only saw this movie because of the director, but i am glad i did. Don't expecte to see hardcore porn in this film. There are only a few scences that barley qualifies a partial nudity, scense were do tastfully. The film is about some important power figures in Argentina who plot a risky heist and higher three men to do it. They end up killing 3 people to gain 7 million dollars, but in the process one gets shot, leaving a trail of evidence. Thus they are forced to flee to Uraguay, where they are on lock down to aviod anyone reconizing them. They hide out till thing cool down in Argentina. Mean while the main characters "Angel" and "Nene" are having problems. One is confused about his sexual identity, and his mental state of mind, while the other becomes frustrated. As a result he seeks comfort in a women he meets in Uraguay. In the end things fall apart, thier wear abouts are discoved, and make a run for it. conflicts arrise, identities and friendships are questioned, and tension rises. The ending is a bit much, but it works, and will leave you in awe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burnt Lives Dec 30 2003
Argentina, 1965. A heist goes wrong. Three men are on the run looking for a place to hide. They find it in Montevideo, they need false passports to leave so they wait day after day until the police come and everything goes apocalyptic.
The bare facts.
But the real movie is about the two killers in the gang, El Nene and Angel, called Los Mellizos (the twins). They are not related. They are lovers: two fugitives sharing loneliness and pain, living their lives on the edge. It's the story of a doomed relationship, confined into four rooms where intense passion and violence push the extremes.
In their hostile world of drugs, cheap sex, prejudice and revenge they have to deal with a feeling born from repression and the fear of naming it. There is, above all, their desperate search for love and loyalty that makes them some kind of tragic heroes in the end.
Seldom has cinema faced the subject of masculine desire and affection in such a natural, honest and even tender way. For sure a different sight of an action movie and a remarkable piece of acting.
Worth seeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find June 13 2003
By A Customer
There is no need to recount the storyline; others have done that very well. The most revealing new comment I can add is that seeing this film on Sundance caused me to go out and buy not only the DVD, but my first DVD player as well. While the DVD is not up to the technical quality I expected, the production itself retains high values in terms of script, direction, and execution. It is the kind of film I start to watch thinking, "I'll just fast forward to all the high points once more," but wind up transfixed watching from bitter beginning to bitter end. Truly a masterpiece.
I also bought the book that inspired the film. Because it has yet to be translated into English, I had to keep the dictionary nearby to augment my meager Spanish, and I found the book written stylistically very much in the vein of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Comparisons to films like Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, or Reservoir Dogs are largely fragmentary and even inappropriate. Burnt Money (Plata Quemada) is nothing if not unique.
Nor is the film documentary or just another love-action thriller. It is noirish, as others have noted, but it is at its center a classic tragedy as well, something Ricardo Piglia surely had in mind, replete with symbols, adumbrations, and a score of tragic flaws in the characters.
My next step is to brush up on my Borges, followed by a couple of weeks in Buenos Aires to retrace the footsteps of the originals. Why not? I am deeply impressed by this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish heartthrobs topline true-crime drama April 6 2003
BURNT MONEY (Plata Quemada, 2000): Argentina, 1965. Following a botched robbery on an armored car, during which they stole money belonging to a corrupt police officer, two gay lovers - rebellious rich kid Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and borderline schizophrenic Angel (Eduardo Noriega) - are forced to flee with their accomplices to Uruguay where they take refuge in a decaying apartment building. Continually denied sexual favors by Angel due to his worsening mental condition, Nene takes up with a sympathetic prostitute (Leticia Bredice), leading to jealousy, betrayal and tragedy...
Based on a non-fiction novel by Argentinian writer/critic Ricardo Piglia, and directed by Marcelo Pineyro (a former producer whose film career was kickstarted in 1985 by Luis Puenzo's acclaimed drama THE OFFICIAL STORY [La Historia Oficial]), BURNT MONEY is an unexpected masterpiece. Photographed with noirish intensity by Alfredo Mayo (HIGH HEELS [Tacones Lejanos]) and underscored by an ironic soundtrack of lazy jazz and contemporary English/Spanish pop songs, the narrative is driven by powerful emotions (sexual and otherwise), and when the highly strung characters finally react against their unhappy circumstances, the resulting violence is bleak and uncompromising, and the sex scenes are equally graphic. The sacred and profane are interlinked in various ways (one extraordinary sequence cross-cuts between an act of worship in a Uruguayan church and an unpleasant encounter between Nene and a frightened youth in a public toilet), and the sweaty atmosphere is broken only by an explosive climax where the main protagonists are forced to take responsibility for their actions. Former TV actor Pablo Echarri ("Chiquititas", "El Signo", etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I just love Marcelo Piñeyro and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
Great movie, like all the movies of the director Marcelo Piñeyro. It also has very good actors: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Eduardo Noriega and Pablo Echarri. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2011 by Cardo
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not just a "gay" movie...
Yes, the gay relationship portrayed within this fictionalized version of a true story is very important and very poignant but it is not a film just for "the gay crowd" - it is a... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2007 by Brian Cousins
1.0 out of 5 stars Anything But Romantic!
Sorry I can't share the sentiments of the other reviewers. Actually I bought this movie based on all the wonderful reviews and could not sit through the film! Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by John Vincent Gonsalves
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
This is not just a movie for homosexuals, believe me, I'm about as straight as they come. This is a very stylish interpretation of actual events that took place in Uruguay and... Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by S. Sommerville
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. It's gorgeous. The actors are perfect, the lighting and film work is perfect, the script is perfect, the ending is perfect. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by B. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellently Told Love Story!!
This is the best gay themed movie I have ever seen (and I have see a whole lot). Nene and Angel are passionately in love and devoted to one another. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Simone R. Coley
1.0 out of 5 stars genuina "plata quemada..."
Artificiosa, boba, absurda y supuestamente "avant-garde", Plata quemada hace honor a su nombre. Es dinero desperdiciado de la peor manera. Read more
Published on July 5 2003 by Jose J Calzada
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of the best gay films ever!
This is one of the best gay men's films ever, the men are passionate, handsome and unstereotypically rough and tough. Read more
Published on June 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Burnt Money
I've been a fan of Eduardo Noriega and Leonardo Sbaraglia since I saw Burnt Money in April 2003. I'd never paid much attention to movies in Spanish before except for those that... Read more
Published on May 31 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Fantastic Performances
This film stands out as one of the most well acted films I have seen in a very long time. This is story telling at it's finest. I highly recommend this film to everyone. Read more
Published on April 22 2003
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