El Hombre de la Deuda Externa (1987)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Argentina  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Pedro is a low-level cog in a vast advertising agency, constantly being threatened by his demonic female boss. He is given to visualizing the overbearing woman in a variety of appropriate roles. One day, he discovers that he has inherited a fortune so enormous that he could liquidate Argentina's entire foreign debt with it. While it is gratifying to have former bullies attempt to curry favor with him, not much else about having so much money turns out to be fun. In this comedy, filled with local and contemporary (mid-1980s) references which are likely to make sense only to another Argentinian, he not only liquidates his country's foreign debt, but he experiences the disintegration of his personal life under the pressure of his riches before he is assassinated in Europe. However, that's not the end, as he wakes up and his dream threatens to take form in real life.