Plata Dulce (1982)

Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Argentina, Sri Lanka  |  
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The crazy economic situation in Argentina after the 1976 financial reforms is highlighted and panned by this tragi-comedy on the lifestyles of the soon-to-be rich and infamous. Carlos Bonifatti (Federico Luppi) and Rubén Molinuevo (Julio de Grazia) are good friends married to sisters. They have a joint business which makes medicine chests -- that is until Taiwanese imports (now cheaper due to the reforms) turn them bankrupt. Rubén suffers the most because it was his talent that went into making the chests. Carlos, meanwhile, jumps at the chance to run a real estate and loan company when a friend of his offers him the position. He lives the good life that all up-and-coming Argentines enjoyed -- Miami shopping junkets, new homes and cars, the latest gadgets, and a new lover -- until he belatedly discovers he was used by his supposed friend, who has now taken off with all the company's money and Carlos' lover as well, to go live in the United States. Carlos eventually finds out he was duped by his friend, and he must face the consequences. The effect of the economic environment on personal relationships is painted with a sure hand, suggesting that even the mildest of citizens is affected when only money drives the society.

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bankruptcy, business, enemy, friendship, sister