Directed by Pablo Trapero
Argentina, Chile, France
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.
Chicago International Film Festival, New Best Director, FIPRESCI Award 2002
Two Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards 2003
Thessaloniki Film Festiva
Golden Alexander Nomination 2002