Culture Vulture: Burnt Money – the queer gangster film worth adding to your watch-list
Burnt Money – Plata Quemada – is a film from Argentina that is worth adding to your classic films watch-list.
Released in 2001, the film was directed by Marcelo Piñeyro and was adapted by Piñeyro and Marcelo Figueras from the novel by Ricardo Piglia. Piglia’s novel was inspired by the true story of a notorious bank robbery that happened in Buenos Aires in 1965.
Set in 1965, the film gives us the story of Nene, Angel, and Cuervo – three accomplices who botch a bank robbery in Buenos Aires. The three men hide out in Uruguay, but things quickly start to unravel.
Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and Angel (Eduardo Noriega) are known as The Twins, but they’re actually inseparable lovers – they met in the bathroom of a Buenos Aires subway station, and their relationship is tempestuous from the outset.
Angel is wounded by police gunfire during the robbery, provoking Nene to kill all of the guards and police in a fit of rage. The police of Buenos Aires start a major search for the culprits, tracking them to Uruguay.
As the police close in on them, in their final, desperate moments they burn the stolen money.
A classic movie about the power of destructive love.