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White Elephant

Pablo Trapero, 2012

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The Argentine new wave that swelled in the 2000s has since subsided but Pablo Trapero continues to produce unfailingly potent realist dramas. This time he pulls us into the grim milieu of priests working a Buenos Aires slum. Ricardo Darin and Jérémie Renier are the curas trying to cure all that ails this bullet-scarred Sodom. With vestments pulled over tracksuits, smoking and cursing as much as they bless, these are clerics with a refreshingly human face. But there is a crushing inevitability about their efforts. This is a David and Goliath story in which there is never much chance of a miracle.

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