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From Colombia comes this taut 2004 thriller that explores the insidious nature of the country's drug culture. In 1980s Medellin a struggling real estate developer named Santiago needs cash fast, so he's happy to meet Gerardo, an ambitious new client who, in a show of good faith, promptly writes a big check. Trouble is, Gerardo's a loose cannon too fond of his own product, cocaine targeted for export. Santiago's own increasing drug dependency blinds him to how enmeshed he's become in his client's business. Director Victor Gaviria opts for naturalism over lurid violence, and his convincing narrative derives further power from the casting of talented, average-looking nonprofessionals. In Spanish with subtitles. 108 min.

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