Archive of films Bombón - El Perro / El Perro

2004, 97 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2005

Life isn’t easy in Argentine Patagonia. Fifty-something Juan Villegas may have lost his job but he has found a faithful friend: Bombón, a beautiful specimen of Argentine Dogo.


Set in Argentine Patagonia, this story of instinct, fate and friendship dovetails nicely with the director’s prior minimalist dramas about people who, while lacking worldly wealth, are all the more rich in humanity. Life isn’t easy here, especially if you lose your job, and at age 52, Juan Villegas finds himself the victim of unemployment. But he doesn’t lose his cool although his prospects of finding other work are more than dismal. Despite being a talented mechanic, he simply can’t get himself hired on. Yet fate rewards him with a special gift – a pure-blooded Argentine Dogo named Bombón. It is the present of all presents because the puppy’s face, nearly as big as a calf’s, can brighten up even the gloomiest of days. The solicitous concern which man and dog show each other, can not only become friendship but can change one’s life as well.

About the director

Carlos Sorin (b. 1944, Buenos Aires) debuted in 1986 with A King and His Movie (La película del rey), which brought him the Silver Lion for Best First Work at the Venice IFF and a Goya for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film. He followed it up with the critically befuddling Eversmile, New Jersey (Eterna sonrisa de New Jersey, 1989), starring Daniel Day Lewis. Minimal Stories (Historias mínimas, 2002), screened in the Forum of Independents at the 2003 Karlovy Vary IFF, took among other awards the Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at San Sebastian, as well as another Goya. Sorin is a well-known dog lover and in his fourth film, Bombón - El Perro, he indulges in this innocent passion.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Carlos Sorin
Screenplay: Santiago Calori, Salvador Roselli, Carlos Sorin
Dir. of Photography: Hugo Colace
Music: Nicolás Sorin
Editor: Mohamed Rajid
Producer: Oscar Kramer
Production: Guacamole Films, OK Films
Cast: Juan Villegas, Walter Donado, Gregorio coby/as Bombón
Contact: Best Hollywood Ltd.


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