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USA: Menemsha Entertainment
UK: Soda Pictures
Cast: Jorge Roman, Mimi Ardú, Dario Levy, Victor Hugo Carrizo, Hugo Anganuzzi, Graciana Chironi, Luis Viscat, Roberto Posse, Anibal Barengo, Lucas Olivera, Gastón Polo, Jorge Luis Gimenez
Director: Pablo Trapero
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
UK: 102 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex
USA Release Date: 26 September 2003 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 5 September 2003
Zapa (Jorge Roman) is a locksmith in a quiet, isolated and small town somewhere in the province of Buenos Aires. The work is quite slow and the hours seem to pass slowly. Polaco (Hugo Anganuzzi), the owner of the shop, sends him on a job that consists of opening a safe at an office. The next day, Zapa is imprisoned for being responsible for robbing the place.
Ismael (Roberto Posse), his uncle, a retired policeman, bails him out and sends him to Buenos Aires. Zapa becomes an aspiring officer in the Buenos Aires police.
Now settled in his new home city, he takes the instructional course, works at a precinct, has a love affair with a teacher and starts to see his life turn into a strange fiction.