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A Titan in the Ring

Produced on a shoestring, this gritty 2002 drama from Ecuador surveys the torpid and duplicitous residents of a backward town in the Andes, among them a crooked wrestling promoter, a young thief who works for him, an alcoholic prostitute who services clients while her despondent young daughter tries to sleep, and a sensitive young priest (Norbert Stimpfig), recently transferred from Portugal, who moonlights as a mysterious hooded challenger at the town's Saturday-night wrestling matches. Director Viviana Cordero doesn't break any new ground, but this is a worthy contribution to the redoubtable genre of films dealing with poverty in Latin America. In Spanish with subtitles. 111 min.

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