Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Alejandro Saderman directed this Venezuelan-German-U.S. thriller, set during a nationwide financial scandal, about four stressed-out, middle-class guys in desperate financial straits. Their solution is a robbery of the state-run Pan-American Bank. Arriving shortly after the New Year, adman Horacio (Orlando Urdaneta) and childhood pals Valmore (Daniel Lugo), Rogelio (Aroldo Betacourt), and Vicente (Mariano Alvarez) quickly discover that the bank has been victimized in a fake robbery by its own president. Further, accountant Pujol (Armando Gota) managed to beat them to the bank. After the gang mistakes the filming of a TV commercial for TV news cameras, the determined policeman Gomez Lira (Manuel Salazar) and other cops surround the building. Despite the police presence, Horacio successfully cracks the computer code, adds hostages to the heist happening, and finds time for some romance -- as a party atmosphere begins to pervade the stand-off. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.