26.10.2023 / 19:45
Director: Rodrigo Moreno
Script: Rodrigo Moreno
Cinematography: Alejo Maglio, Inés Duacastella
Editing: Manuel Ferrari, Nicolás Goldbart, Rodrigo Moreno
Producer: Ezequiel Borovinsky
Cast: Daniel Elias, Esteban Bigliardi, Margarita Molfino, German De Silva, Laura Paredes, Mariana Chaud, Cecilia Rainero
Argentina, Brazil, Luxembourg, Chile 2023
The Delinquents by Rodrigo Moreno is unquestionably one of the hits of the latest Cannes. This uproarious, unpredictable, imaginative, and charming tale begins as a social drama about a bureaucrat frustrated with his monotonous existence, only to unexpectedly transform into a full-fledged crime story about a bank heist. And that’s just the beginning! Moreno convinces us that true life and true cinema begin when we shed our shells and break radically free from the shackles of daily life, the illusion of professional and artistic security, existential and cinematic routines. His characters, cashiers Román and Morán, venture into the territory of adventure, where surrounded by nature and in bohemian company, they discover the value (and price) of freedom. This arthouse comedy conceals an abundance of surprises, like a safe that we plunder with delight. From references to classics such as Hardly a Criminal (1949) by Hugo Fregonese, through playful anagrams (Román, Morán, Norma), to the dual role of banker/gangster played by Germán De Silva.
The Delinquents alternatingly dares the viewer to read it as a caper flick, a moral parable, a comedy of coincidences, and an existential probe.
Pat Brown, Slant Magazine
A consistently playful, gradually beguiling existential dramedy on the multitudinous subject of work and freedom.
Isaac Feldberg, RogerEbert.com
Incredibly inventive, refreshing and funny thing about how we should rob a bank, go to the Bieszczady Mountains and never work again. I love with a great love.
Rodrigo Moreno methodically unfurls a genius tragicomedy on the elusive nature of freedom.
Carlos Aguilar, The Playlist