Bombon (El Perro) (15)



Comedy (2004)
98mins Arg/Sp

Starring: Walter Donado, Micol Estevez, Juan Villegas
Director: Carlos Sorin
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Having recently lost his job, 52-year-old mechanic Juan reverts to selling hand-made knives for a living. One day, Juan repairs a young woman's car and in return he is rewarded with a pedigree Dogo Argentino hound called "Bombon". The animal attracts the attention of exuberant dog trainer Walter, who persuades Juan to enter Bombon into a local dog show. A promising new career as an exhibitor proves to be the start of a beautiful new friendship between Juan and his four-legged companion.

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On the Road
The Argentinean director Carlos Sorrin follows his award winning Historias Minimas with a humorous road movie studying the relationship between a pedigree dog and its Patagonian master.

Juan is an unemployed petrol pump attendant making ends meet by selling knives with hand carved wooden handles. His luck changes when he his given a pedigree dog named Bombon. The unlikely duo embark on a journey through their native Patagonia as Juan trains and enters Bombon in a series of lucrative state dog championships.

Sorrin eschews casting established actors, in their place he spots local people who have the look and demeanour of the characters he creates. "I make a first draft of the script, then I find the people and when I find them I re-write the script, everything, according to the personalities I have" says Sorrin. "So the character is in fact built into the script and in a sense it becomes almost like a documentary. They use their own backdrops, actions, etc and that's the way I like to work."

The result is a very touching film, with gentle but well-observed characters, a beautiful natural backdrop and a healthy dose of off-beat humour.

Peter Clee

- Click here for an Interview with Carlos Sorrin


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