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This Argentine comedy uses that country's recent economic woes as the catalyst for a series of increasingly brazen acts by the principal characters as they try to alleviate their financial straits. Herman, a motorcycle courier whose family's emigration has left him with an empty house, meets pretty gas station attendant Pato at her job. He asks her out, immediately offers to rent her a room, and is soon in bed with her. The next day Pato's entire family—father, mother, and her young daughter from a previous relationship—take up residence in his humble abode. Then her parents start a churro factory in his living room. Director and cowriter Leonardo Di Cesare structures the plot twists in a way that renders them believable despite their outlandishness, balancing the plight of desperate people against their comic dysfunction. In Spanish with subtitles. 93 min.

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