Night Watch (2005)

"Good"

Night Watch (2005) Review


Victor is the most easygoing hustler you'll ever meet. Wandering the nighttime streets of Buenos Aires, he's buddies with just about everyone in his 'hood, flirting with waitresses, shaking hands with the newsstand guy, playing soccer with street urchins, and cheerily helping the teams of homeless people who roam the streets collecting recyclable trash.

But as All Soul's Eve, the night of ghosts, approaches, is something weird going on? The police inspector who has always been Victor's most reliable client warns him to be careful. Victor thinks he sees people he used to know. Ghosts? He's not sure. Pushing that to the back of his mind, he's off on his usual rounds of petty drug dealing and hooking.

When he runs into his friend Mario (Rafael Ferro), they decide to drive around and check out the local prostitutes, an eclectic bunch. Watch out for the one who dresses like Margaret Thatcher in order to serve those men who want to get revenge for the Falklands War. Eventually the two guys decide to spend the night at a hotel where, after sex, Mario tries to kill Victor. Or does he? What just happened? Victor is getting more and more confused.

Later on Victor's ex-girlfriend shows up, and she seems to be carrying quite a bit of historical baggage. Victor is happy to see her, but then again he's not. Should she be here? Is she a ghost? Mystery piles on mystery. This is a Halloween story, Argentinian style.

Director Edgardo Cozarinsky is a technician, and he uses lots of cinematic tricks and stylings to keep things looking good and interesting. The story isn't worthy of the technique, but no big deal. Night Watch is an interesting trip to an interesting place you've never been. You get the idea that a midnight stroll with Victor is never boring.

Aka Ronda Nocturna.

Fear my jaw.



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Director: Edgardo Cozarinsky

Producer: Marcelo Cespedes, Serge Lalou

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