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La perrera (The Dog Pound). 2006. Argentina/Canada/Uruguay/Spain. Written and directed by Manuel Nieto Zas. With Pablo Riera, Martín Adjemián, María Sofía Dabarca. In Spanish; English subtitles. 109 min.
Desperate and unfortunate, lazy and hesitant, 25-year-old David has failed as a student and lost the scholarship that financially supported him in the capital city. Now he must pass an exam that will take place in a year if he wants this grant to continue. In order to prepare, he has come to live at La Pedrera, a small beach town where his father has given him the mission of building a house during the winter. Manuel Nieto Zas’s confident debut feature is the story of the construction as well as David's tragicomic fight to survive in a world where there are as many dogs as men, and few women, and where no one wants to work.
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