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  • jotix10012 May 2007
    Warning: Spoilers
    There is a lot to admire in director's Marcelo Pineyro's 1995 film "Caballos salvajes". Mr. Pineyro, one of the best men in the business in Argentina, shows he had a lot to show with the material written by Aida Bortnik and the director.

    The film presents us two men, as different from day and night, from different backgrounds and ages. Jose, the older man, wants to take things into his own hands, making sure to get back the money the bank took away from him. Pedro, the young bank employee, is the innocent victim, being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Imagine the men's surprise when they find $500,000.00 dollars in a place where neither knew about.

    Jose, who holds Pedro as hostage, evidently had a definite plan of what he is going to do with the money the bank stole from him. What he didn't count on was the power of television and how he and Pedro become sort of "folk heroes" for breaking into the bank, and getting away with it. As a young reporter and his assistant follow the two men, they manage to get away with it, enlisting friends along the way. Ana, a young woman they meet by chance, becomes a member of the fugitives working their way to Jose's intended destination. The film becomes a road film with surprising twists along the way.

    The main reason for watching this film the excellent work of both, Hector Alterio and Leonardo Sbaraglia. Both actors show an easy chemistry and compliment one another in ways probably Mr. Pineyro didn't envision. Mr. Alterio, one of the pillars of the modern Argentine cinema, is a joy to watch. Mr. Sberaglia also shows why he has become an actor in great demand in his own country, as well as in Spain. Cecilia Dopazo, who is seen in the pivotal role of Ana, makes a valid contribution. Federico Luppi and Cipe Linkovski, excellent actors, have small roles in the latter part of the film.

    While "Caballos salvajes" stays with its action on the road, it makes for a wonderful movie. The last section of the film shows both Mr. Pineyro and Ms. Bortnik running out of ideas as they turn to sentimentality to explain the wonderful film that preceded. Aside from this happy ending, "Caballos salvajes" surprises in every level because of the joyous teaming of two of intelligent actors who exceed what the director was trying to accomplish.
  • An idealist movie as there ever was, "caballos salvajes" (Wild horses), truly captures an specific feeling in argentinian cinema.

    Similar in spirit to the movies of Adolfo Aristaráin, it is the story about an old suicidal anarchist (Hector Alterio) who recovers his soul, and yes, it is a very soulful movie. Not a movie made to win festivals or to make well deserved cash, Caballos Salvajes is political at times, but also poignant and inspiring, nonetheless it's a road movie, with trepidant action and a heart of gold.

    A life affirming flick for anyone who feels a little lost (although not a septuagenarian myself, I can relate), but also a great portrait of Argentina in the 1990s. A must see, anyway.
  • Sometimes it seems hard to find an Argentine movie released in the last 25 years with a plot that doesn't depend on corruption or economic crisis.

    "Wild Horses" was made in 1995, a time of relative prosperity for Argentina, so it's corruption, not an economic crisis that leads old anarchist Jose (Hector Alterio) to threaten to shoot himself unless a large bank in Buenos Aires returns the $15,000 he lost years before because of the institution's shady practices.

    Pedro (Leonardo Sbaraglia) is the yuppie executive chosen by Jose to turn over the money. The two leave the bank with a far larger sum and soon find themselves together on the road bound for Patagonia, pursued by police and paid assassins, and cheered on by the poor and the media as modern-day Robin Hoods.

    Unlikely as this story sounds, it works well enough, thanks to great acting by Alterio. Director Marcelo Pineyro also keeps everything moving along fast enough so that we don't dwell on the occasional plot holes. Federico Luppi pops up at the end of the picture in a wonderful cameo. His performance alone is worth the price of admission.

    7/10
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This movie is fantastic. There are unexpected amazing things which happen at the start of the movie that make up for rest of it and make you feel like you don't need to see further.

    It is the story of Jose, a very decent man, not a thief at all, who goes to a bank to ask for $13,314 he was stolen by this bank for 18 years or he shoots himself.

    It is also the story of Pedro, the bank clerk who empties all the money in the Bank's Vice-President desk into Jose's bag. After this he pretends to be taken hostage by Jose to help him escape. Once on the run, they realize they've taken 500,000 dollars which belong to the mob. Jose only wants the the $13,314 he is owed.

    Joined by a young girl they meet on the way, The Indomables(the untamed), as they are called, begin an intense voyage of friendship, adventure and solidarity from lots of people they meet along the way.

    Their goal: Getting from Buenos Aires to a small border town with Brazil, where Jose has unfinished business.
  • Caballos Salvajes is about an older looking man who steals a large sum of money from the bank and then goes on the run with a bank worker who decides to help him out. Although the relationship between both men was very hostile right from the start, throughout their trip to the south of Argentina both men begin to talk through their problems and grow close. During the trip the men realize that they are involved in something bigger than just a bank robbery and they are faced with different circumstances which they resolve together. The movie includes serious circumstances surrounding the main characters, but is also filled with comedy in the way in which they handle their business and in the dialogue. Towards the end of the movie we are faced with the revealing of some facts and the mood of the movie switches to a much more tender and loving one. Overall the movie is very comical and exciting, and the acting very much entertaining.
  • Corruption exists on many levels. While Argentine cinema is certainly full of films about exposing institutional corruption, what makes Caballos Selvajes so moving is its focus on the personal choices of individuals in contributing to or avoiding corruption. The decision a young banker instinctively makes when confronting a life, death and money situation sets him on a path which irrevocably veers him away from becoming like his corrupt boss at the bank. Likewise that of an ambitious young journalist contrasts him sharply with his calculating and corrupt boss at the network.

    Protecting human life, human expression, human freedom, and the truth is a theme which runs through this film. The consequences of making choices based on these priorities are often not easy, and that is reflected in the outcomes for these characters. The wild horses of this film are a metaphor for human freedom, and what must be done to insure their freedom, an example of hard but worthwhile sacrifice.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    When you first start watching Caballos Salvajes it is a little bit confusing; by this I mean that the movie starts out with a "sort-of" bank robbery in which you are not quite certain of what exactly is taking place, in fact you don't fully understand (or at least I didn't) until 1/3 of the way through the movie. I think that the director did this on purpose because it is evident that even the characters don't know what's happening for quite some time; that was done to reinforce the continuity of the film. Since this movie is from 1995 the image quality and clarity isn't quite what most are used to and sometimes the subtitles are misspelt but if you can look past that it is actually a very well done movie.

    The plot, as I said before is uncertain in the beginning, but by the last half of the movie we see that it has turned into the easily discernible genre of a "road movie." For example: José (Hector Alterio) at the beginning of the movie is cynical and even suicidal but towards the end he is happy and says he is actually living.

    The movie also takes on the message of corruption, because José just wanted the money the bank had stolen from him but through chance him and Pedro take 500,000 dollars of money that was probably from illegal operations like drug smuggling. Pedro & José are not corrupt and they give the money back, but they give it back to the people. They in turn, are considered heroes by the public (modern day Robin Hoods as noted by someone else) in fact almost everywhere they go they are helped out by the people they meet. This movie brings to light corruption in the banking industry of Buenos Aires and classically shows that good prevails, even though José is killed in the end, he is at least happy.
  • gavin69427 July 2017
    A road movie that begins when a man tries to rob a bank and the bank's clerk, a yuppie, pretends the thief has kidnapped him to help him run away. While they're running away, they meet a girl who becomes part of the team.

    While I may not know much about Argentinian cinema, I do know that this is a strange adventure. It gets increasingly hectic as it goes, with the second half being far more high-intensity than the first. The initial bank robbery and "kidnapping" are the least of the plot points.

    Luckily this never devolves into complete madness. Possibly semi-madness, but nothing quite like "Mad Max" though it does have elements of a world that is beyond saving.