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The Clan (2015)

El Clan (original title)
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The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.

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Pablo Trapero
14 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Francella ... Arquímedes Puccio
Gastón Cocchiarale Gastón Cocchiarale ... Maguila Puccio
Peter Lanzani ... Alejandro Puccio
Stefanía Koessl Stefanía Koessl ... Mónica
Aníbal Barengo Aníbal Barengo ... Basualdo
Aldo Onofri Aldo Onofri ... Ordoñez
Rubén Estévez Rubén Estévez ... Comisario
Miguel Ángel Lembo Miguel Ángel Lembo ... Comodoro
Fabio Aste Fabio Aste ... Secretario Comodoro
Fernando Miró Fernando Miró ... Gordon
Juan Cruz Márquez de la Serna Juan Cruz Márquez de la Serna ... Oveja Gonzalo
Santiago Privitera Santiago Privitera ... Eduardo Aulet (as Juan Santiago Privitera)
Franco Masini ... Guillermo Puccio
Antonia Bengoechea Antonia Bengoechea ... Adriana Puccio
Lili Popovich ... Epifanía Puccio
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Storyline

The Puccios...? A model family! They are few, those that could match them. The father? A dignified man, (honest) storekeeper by trade, who cares about his five children, going as far as to supervise the homework of his youngest daughter. The mother? Both a dedicated teacher and a regular Martha Stewart. The children? Well-educated and promised to a bright future. Alejandro, for one, is already an admired rugby star. Except that... all this respectability is nothing but a smokescreen! The truth is that Arquimedes Puccio is also - and mainly - the tyrannical leader of a criminal gang composed of... his wife and children. Puccio's undercover activities ? Well, they consist in kidnapping rich people (preferably young), detaining them in his own house, torturing them gratuitously and doing away with them after cashing the ransom. The Puccios, a model family? Yes, but a model evil family! Written by Guy Bellinger

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La realidad supera a la ficción. [The reality surpasses fiction.] See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 2015 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Klanen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,519, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,255, 10 April 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pablo Trapero started working on the movie in 2007. See more »

Goofs

Scenes involving trains were filmed near the Urquiza line, the only one of the Buenos Aires metropolitan network using the same electric rolling stock from the 70s. However, in one scene a train passes by rightward and it can be seen it's painted mustard with a gray strip, which is the painting scheme of the current private operator and not of the former Ferrocarriles Argentinos. However, other scenes do show trains with the characteristic "colibrí" yellow-blue-red scheme.

Other than that, the rail tracks show Pandrol clips fastening them to concrete sleepers. Neither of those were used until the 2000s. See more »

Quotes

[upon kidnapping Ricardo Manoukian]
Arquímedes Puccio: [to Alex, who is seen breathing heavily] Are you ok?
[Alex doesn't answer; he gives a short glance to his father and keeps breathing heavily]
Arquímedes Puccio: Alex?
Alejandro Puccio: I'm ok, dad.
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Soundtracks

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Written by Allan Roberts (lyrics) and Doris Fisher (melody)
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spots
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An amazing thriller of a real-life villain.
22 January 2016 | by jorgefnSee all my reviews

Few years after the dictatorship in Argentina by Rafael Videla is overthrown, the remaining members of that military order begin a life of crime, using as an excuse that the Argentinians sold the country and pushed the patriots into catastrophe. At this time in history, is where the story of Arquímides Puccio (Guillermo Franchella) and his family take place. Puccio is an old retired military who starts kidnapping rich youngsters not just for the money, but to satisfy an evil mind that wants suffering. However, his five children, Alejandro (Peter Lanzani), Maguila (Gastón Cocchiarale), Silvia (Giselle Motta), Adriana (Antonia Bengoechea) and Guillermo (Franco Masini), are the ones who end up with the biggest sorrow. This brilliant movie is not a conventional crime thriller, it also explores the psychological illness of all the members in this family caused by the oppressing voice of Puccio's patriarchy. Alejandro, the brilliant and successful eldest child, is the connection between us and the pain inside the characters. The narrative of the story begins by the end, and so it goes interchanging present and future, until they collide in a sublime climax when all the feelings and thoughts of the children explode. Each one of the characters, even though they were real, are so astoundingly designed that you can feel the hate of the father; the indifference of the mother; the rage, the fear and even the love of the children. Another remarkable aspect of this movie is the BSO, featuring an accurate selection between The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Argentinian rock of the 80's like Seru Giran and Virus. This is also a portrait of the post-dictatorship era as a fictional interpretation of the feelings of an old retired military, his new war, and his new army: his family.


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