Bought & Sold

Modestly scaled, well produced, and often persuasively acted, Michael Tolajian's 2003 working-class drama makes the most of its Bayonne, New Jersey, setting for this tale of cherished dreams and hard knocks. Ray (Rafael Sardina), a young Puerto Rican shoe salesman, yearns to become a DJ but can't afford the turntables at a local resale shop. The owner, Kutty (David Margulies), a broken man haunted by memories of the Armenian genocide, is himself in hock to the neighborhood crime boss (Joe Grifasi), who likes Ray's enterprise and hires him as the pawnbroker's “cash flow supervisor.” Romantic entanglements are among the more cliched elements of the script, which nicely captures the rhythms of quiet, small-town lives but taxes credibility in several key scenes. In English. 91 min.

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