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Bombon El Perro DVD

Carlos Sorin, 2004


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Film Details

Directed by Carlos Sorin

Produced in 2004

Main Language - SPANISH with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - South American Film


Andreas Lust, Christopher Hatherall, Eoghan McQuinn


Contemporary ComedyContemporary DramaSouth American FilmComedy Drama

MovieMail's Review

The opening scenes of Bombon El Perro hint at a grim study of the trials of the proletariat in Argentina, as ageing knife-seller Juan (Juan Villegas) fails to make a sale, and then must bribe a police officer to avoid arrest. Not so; Bombon El Perro is a highly appealing comedy from the director of Historias Minimas (Carlos Sorin), which shifts gear once Villegas acquires the eponymous canine, a top-breed bulldog. Suddenly his luck changes, as he is offered a job as a security guard, Bombon wins a prize in a competition and other breeders wish to hire the dog for stud purposes.

The naturalistic acting from the non-professional cast works very well, as the underplaying brings out the film's dry humour. Unsurprisingly, though, it is Bombon (in his debut role!) himself who steals every scene he is in. The dialogue-free shot of the comically morose dog sitting next to a slightly unnerved Villegas in the front seat of his van is a great sight gag. This optimistic, appealing tale acts as an ode to the resolve of the disenfranchised; in spite of their problems, Juan, Bombon and the poor of Argentina can triumph over their potentially sorry lot. And triumph they do.

Alex Davidson on 5th September 2005
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Film Description

When a middle-aged mechanic made redundant after 20 years helps a stranded motorist he is paid with a purebred Dogo Argentino named Bombón, a dog almost twice his size. He begins to dream of a different life after his dog wins first prize at a local dog show and, aided by a trainer, he discovers the world of dog shows, where he reclaims his dignity and discovers a new calling. A simple, lovely film from the director of Historias Minimas.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Pathe

Length: 94 mins

Aspect ratio: 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 10th October 2005

Cat No: P916501000

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • The Making Of Bombon featurette
  • Film notes
  • Theatrical trailer.

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by Anon on 5th September 2005

Carlos Sorin, who has just turned 60, may be something of a great-uncle to the new wave of Argentinean directors, but his latest shows a man very much on form. Bombón ... Read on


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