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On selected Saturdays and Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents
a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
BOMBÓN, EL PERRO
(BOMBÓN, THE DOG)
FIPRESCI Prize San Sebastien Film Fest
OFFICIAL SELECTION Toronto Intl Film Fest
"I can't think about this film without grinning all over my face...a film of miraculous
gentleness and sweet-natured comedy. Director Carlos Sorín has got pure gold from
his cast of non-professional humans and one magnificently haughty-looking, patrician
canine." -The Guardian
"That El Perro is so unassuming is part of what makes its humane, sympathetic
story so satisfying. -New York Times
"The simple dignity of the largely non-professional cast and picture's calculated yet
effortless deadpan demeanor are a winning combination. Carlos Sorín wisely builds
picture's pace and mood around [Juan] Villegas' natural appeal and the touching interplay
between Juan and the photogenic mastiff." Variety
"It's a lovely film" Time Out London
In this warm-hearted and poignant road movie, a man and a dog embark on a delightful
adventure across the stunningly beautiful Argentine Patagonia. Fifty-two-year-old Juan is
laid off when the gas station where he has worked for the last 20 years is sold.
Unemployed, middle-aged, unskilled, and living in a region with high unemployment, his
prospects for a new job are very slim. He temporarily moves in with his daughter, but
cannot see a way out of his dire situation until his luck turns in a most unexpected way.
An elderly widow with little money gives Juan her late husband's dog, Lechian, as payment
for repairing her car, but Lechian ends up being not just any dog; he is a pure breed
Dogo Argentino, a potential dog show winner who may hold the key to Juan's future
in his paw.
Directed by Carlos Sorín, Argentina, 2004; 35mm, 96 mins. In Spanish
with English subtitles.