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El Leyton (2002)

A womanizer returns to his hometown and confesses his sins to an angry crowd.


Gonzalo Justiniano


Luis Acuña (book), Fernando Aragón | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Juan Pablo Sáez Juan Pablo Sáez ... Leyton
Siboney Lo ... Marta
Luis Wigdorsky Luis Wigdorsky ... Modesto
Gabriela Hernández Gabriela Hernández ... Josefa
Ramón Llao ... El Gringo
José Martin José Martin ... Cura (as José Martín)
Carolina Jérez Carolina Jérez ... Charito
Pilar Zderich Pilar Zderich ... Rosa
Francisca Arze Francisca Arze ... Teresa


Leyton and his lifelong friend Modesto are both fishermen and as close as brothers, but very different in temperament. The braggart Modesto is a slave to progress, while the more unpretentious Leyton is content with the simple life. Modesto marries Marta, a beautiful young naïf, who longs for the sexual fulfillment Modesto (who is "like a rabbit - one jump up and one jump down") is incapable of providing. And, just as Modesto captures creatures from the sea in his net, it isn't long before the cruel web of destiny entangles Marta and her lover Leyton in a tragic triangle. Chilean director Gonzalo Justiniano spins a tragic tale of love, lust, friendship, betrayal and murder. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Chile | France



Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pucón, Chile


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,332, 23 November 2003

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Brilliant Noir from Chile
3 March 2008 | by rnc55See all my reviews

Okay, this isn't traditional shadowy urban black and white film noir. In fact it's rural, sun-drenched, and in vivid, circus-like color. But the story and characters reek wonderfully of noir. It made me think of The Postman Always Rings Twice, though the plot is completely different. The three main characters are all absolutely unforgettable, beautifully painted against a gorgeous seaside backdrop and brought to raging life by great, great, great actors. Even the supporting characters are all unique, fully rounded real people despite limited screen time, which is a credit to the writing and directing. There is not one wasted moment, not one superfluous word of dialogue in El Leyton.

I picked this up on a whim at the public library and now I'm contemplating putting it on my all-time top ten list. Amazing.

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