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About the Movie
In the “Villa Virgin”, a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires, Julian (Ricardo Darín, The Secret in Their Eyes, Carancho) and Nicolas (Jérémie Renier, In Bruges, Atonement) – two priests and long-standing friends – work tirelessly to help the local people. Nicolas joins Julian in overseeing the construction of a hospital following the failure of a project he was leading in which paramilitary forces assassinated members of the community. Deeply troubled by his actions, Nicolas finds solace in Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho, Lion's Den), a young, attractive atheist social worker. As Nicholas’s beliefs wane, tension and violence grow between the slum’s drug-dealing cartels and when work on the hospital is halted by ministerial decree, the faith of the entire community is put to the test.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Michael Nyman's sweepingly majestic score lends an epic dimension, which feels right alongside the straight-forward passion depicted by an evenly balanced, top-drawer cast.
Fresh: [A] potent drama about the lawless slums of Buenos Aires - it feels like The Mission with all exoticism firmly excised.
Fresh: The film tries to do too much and its power is on a sliding scale downward, but at times it is ultra-vivid.
Fresh: A wellconstructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment.