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A disbarred attorney (Ricardo Darin of The Secret in Their Eyes) and a drug-addicted medic (Martina Gusman) get in over their heads in the underbelly of Buenos Aires. Director Pablo Trapero filters the bleakness and inevitability of a cynical film noir (think Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross or Christmas Holiday) through a utilitarian style that emphasizes the nuanced acting. Aside from a few startlingly violent shots, Trapero’s long takes are unshowy, allowing the excellent leads to deepen roles that are little more than genre types. Unambitious but not slight, this is the kind of genre filmmaking that once defined American cinema; needless to say, a film like this probably couldn’t be made here nowadays. In Spanish with subtitles.