LAT18 Rey's Education13th November, 2018
A robbery gone awry leads to an unlikely friendship between 14-year-old Rey, hungry to prove his self-worth, and grizzled retiree Carlos (Germán de Silva) who agrees not to involve the police on the condition that the teen repairs the damage he caused.
Bolting from his first ever heist, Reynaldo Galíndez, aka ‘Rey’, lands in and damages the patio belonging to Carlos Vargas, a retired security guard. Vargas offers a deal: the young boy will repair the damage to his home in return for not being handed over to the police. The pair develops a master-apprentice bond but their relationship, and their agreement, will be threatened when Rey’s actions finally catch up to him.
In Argentina, years of social inequality have produced a rise in crime. The mass media has built and popularized an iconic character: the kid delinquent or ‘pibe chorro’. As a consequence of chronic marginalization and poverty, in many cases it’s the police forces themselves who use pibes chorros, forcing these youngsters to rob for them. In this outstanding intergenerational drama, the rise in youth crime is explored through Rey’s and Carlos’s friendship.
NOMINATED: Horizons Award, San Sebastián Film Festival 2017