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"Luis Orjuela directs with a sprightly touch,
taking palpable pleasure from the antics of his cast
and his own infectious enthusiasm." -New York Times
"Slight and sweet, El Carro unswervingly celebrates the family vehicle
as a pleasure principle on wheels." -Time Out NY
"Winning, consistently funny comedy, with a lively script...The Car is driven by unusually sharp helming from newcomer Luis Orjuela, and a dynamite ensemble cast." -Variety
El Carro, one of the biggest Colombian box office hits in the country's history, follows the travails of the Velez's, a typical middle-class family from Bogotá, as they buy their first car in an attempt to move up the local social ladder. After the father accidentally gives away a winning lottery ticket for a new car to the neighbors, the Velez's decide to save face and buy their neighbor's old car - a 1950's cherry red Chevy convertible - spending their entire nest egg. First-time director Luis Orjuela manages to create a hilarious social farce which portrays such quintessential Colombian experiences as a daughter's quinceañera (15th birthday party), Christmas, and the lottery craze with a rare balance of sympathy and humor.
Directed by Luis Orjuela, Colombia, 2003, 35mm, 93 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.