This Buenos Aires-set Training Day is unique: Though police brutality runs rampant in Argentina, movies about police officers tend to play it safe in terms of portraying corruption, violence, and fear. El Bonaerense is about a young police trainee's search for a father, but the search ends up in the knowledge of evil as a natural, ordinary force, inseparable from everyday routines and procedures and affections. What's most extraordinary about this gritty feature is that there's no moral judgment in it--and no easy cynicism, either.
Directed by Pablo Trapero
Argentina, Chile, France
Chicago International Film Festival, New Best Director, FIPRESCI Award 2002
Two Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards 2003
Thessaloniki Film Festiva
Golden Alexander Nomination 2002