Little Thieves, Big Thieves | Chicago Reader

Little Thieves, Big Thieves

The recent banking crisis in Venezuela informs this 1998 political satire directed by Alejandro Saderman. A group of middle-class professionals disgusted with government corruption rob a Caracas bank, only to find that the vault has been looted and the bank president has transferred the bank's bail-out funds to offshore accounts. Saderman alternates hapless burglar comedy (The Lavender Hill Mob) with tense hostage drama (Dog Day Afternoon) but fails to find the right balance: after a while the bumbling exploits of his Robin Hoods and the cute send-ups of media feeding frenzy dull the film's social criticism.

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