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The Escape

A group of convicts escape from a Buenos Aires prison in 1928 and try to adjust to their newfound freedom as they elude sadistic cops and settle old scores. Director Eduardo Mignogna cuts from one jailbird to another, tying each one's role in the escape to the character trait that landed him in prison and his strategy for coping with the outside world. Continuity is provided by the voice-over of one escapee who poses as the nephew of an elderly grocer whose wife the men have accidentally killed, but the frequent narrative leaps prove too distracting; this 2001 Argentinean drama tries to illuminate a complex social canvas but ultimately becomes a crazy quilt of con games and corruption. With Norma Aleandro (The Official Story); in Spanish with subtitles. 115 min.

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