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In Nicolas Acuna's 2002 Chilean film, a debt collector (Juan Pablo Ogalde) for a seedy bookmaker and pimp falls in love with the beautiful sister (Leonor Varela) of his best friend (Fernando Gomez Rovira). The situation is complicated when his friend, a degenerate gambler, embezzles money from the bookmaker. The young actors are persuasive, and the opening hour has some lyrical, innovative passages, but the plot loses its shape as the film progresses; in the last third it falls apart completely, devolving into bondage fantasies and misogynist violence that leave a sour taste. 90 min.

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