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After a package containing a few dozen kilos of cocaine washes up on the beach, a naive fisherman in Ecuador journeys to the city of Guayaquil to sell them, hoping that the proceeds will impress his estranged father and the girl of his dreams. Director Sebastian Cordero turns this fact-based story into a shaggy dog joke rather than a cautionary tale, and though it's never as funny or suspenseful as his previous feature, Rabia (2009), it's energetic and socially observant. Cordero is one of the few 21st-century filmmakers who recognizes the economic desperation at the heart of classic film noir; his work conveys an authentic grittiness and urgency. In Spanish with subtitles.


See our full review: Cocaine, rough sex, and a killer cow

Cocaine, rough sex, and a killer cow

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