Carancho (4 stars)


Argentinean neo-noir explores car crash insurance scams

(15) 107 min

Beginning and ending with visceral images of car crashes, this slice of contemporary neo-noir, from Argentinean writer and director Pablo Trapero, unites two of his country’s finest actors. The titular vulture (‘carancho’) is an ambulance-chasing lawyer Sosa (Ricardo Darín) in suburban Buenos Aires, who is a part of a mafia which perpetrates insurance scams. Falling for a drug-addicted female doctor Luján (Martina Gusman), Sosa begins dreaming of quitting his wretched existence.

The melodrama here is rooted in an appalling reality – namely that 8000 Argentineans die every year in car accidents. Both Darin and Gusman are superb in conveying the desperate efforts of their libidinous characters to escape their nightmarish predicaments, with the camera focusing on their increasingly damaged faces and bodies. It’s a recurrent theme of this versatile filmmaker – how does an individual simply survive in such an adverse environment? Carancho, however, represents his bleakest vision of society to date.

Selected release from Fri 2 Mar.

Carancho - Official Trailer [HD]


  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • Argentina
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pablo Trapero
  • Written by: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
  • Cast: Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusmán
  • UK release: 2 March 2012

A bleak and visceral neo-noir about Sosa (Darin), an ambulance-chasing lawyer with links to organised crime who falls for a drug-addicted female doctor (Gusman). Eight thousand Argentineans die every year in road accidents and Darin and Gusman are superb as the two increasingly damaged characters, desperate to escape…

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