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It's worth see this film, based on a true story and very well done.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on Nov. 25 2007 by Brian Cousins
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 morePublished on May 19 2004 by John Vincent Gonsalves
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 morePublished on April 9 2004 by S. Sommerville
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by G. Moore
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Simone R. Coley
Artificiosa, boba, absurda y supuestamente "avant-garde", Plata quemada hace honor a su nombre. Es dinero desperdiciado de la peor manera. Read morePublished on July 5 2003 by Jose J Calzada
This is one of the best gay men's films ever, the men are passionate, handsome and unstereotypically rough and tough. Read morePublished on June 26 2003
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 morePublished on May 31 2003
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