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Open Wound

This Argentinian-Ecuadoran coproduction takes place during the 1941 border war between Ecuador and Peru, though it plays like any number of Hollywood World War II movies from the 50s. A fresh-faced city boy catches war fever and joins the Ecuadoran army, but while he's training in an isolated jungle area, the camp is besieged by enemy forces and the soldiers are weakened by food shortages and disease. The protagonist spends the rest of the war in the makeshift hospital of a POW camp, where he develops a crush on a pretty female nurse. I found this most compelling during the boot camp scenes, since they didn't feel like stuff I'd seen dozens of times before. Alfredo León León directed. In Spanish with subtitles.



  • Alfredo León


  • René Pástor
  • Paúl Lalaleo
  • Enrique Veintimilla
  • Melania Urbina
  • Pietro Sibille
  • Bruno Odar
  • Pamela Cortes
  • Alfredo Espinosa


  • Diego Ortuño
  • Pablo Ratto

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