Perder es cuestión de método

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Perder es Cuestión de Método
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Directed by Sergio Cabrera
Produced bySergio Cabrera
Florina Lemaitre
Tomás Darío Zapata
Written bybased on the book of Santiago Gamboa
StarringDaniel Gimenez Cacho
Martina Garcia
Cesar Mora
Carlos Benjumea
Jairo Camargo
Victor Mallarino
Saín Castro
Production
company
Release date
  • September 3, 2004 (2004-09-03)(Venice Film Festival)
  • April 1, 2005 (2005-04-01)(Colombia)
Running time
107 min.
CountryColombia
LanguageSpanish

Perder es Cuestión de Método (English: Method of Losing or The Art of Losing) is a 2005 film directed by Sergio Cabrera, and starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Cesar Mora, Martina García, Victor Mallarino and Sain Castro.

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A grim history, but also human and fun, led by Colombian Sergio Cabrera (Golpe de estadio, La Estrategia del Caracol), the movie exposes the corruption rampant in the South American country - and the unholy nexus between Politicians, Land Developers, the mafia and the Military Police.

Based on the novel "Method of Losing" by Santiago Gamboa ( the quote is from Juan Sepulveda : "Defeat is often a Question of Method," which in the movie is put into the mouth of the ageing and psychotic mentor of the journalist, Guzman ).

The novel was adapted by screenwriter Jorge Goldenberg (Ilona Arrives with the Rain), we are shown a Colombia from a very particular angle: through the daily struggle between the romantic and the nihilistic . Daniel Jiménez Cacho (La Mala Educación) plays the journalist Victor Silampa and Martina Garcia (Golpe de Estadio) plays the 16-year-old prostitute Quica, while Cesar Mora, in a role worthy of an Oscar-nomination, plays Sancho Panza to the journalist's Don Quixote, as Estupinan - probably the most human and sympathetic of all the characters - representing the Colombian "Everyman".

Plot

A fisherman (Jorge Ali Triana) and his dog out for a walk and discover an Impaled corpse. A journalist named Victor Silampa (Gimenez Cacho) is writing an article a la Peter Gay, about bourgeouise attitudes about Romantic Love through the 17th to 19th centuries. Silampa receives a call from the Police-Colonel Aristophanes Moya (Benjumea) who calls him to the station immediately notifying him of the crime. Moya suggests an exchange of favors (Silampa had a criminal record), whereby the journalist would actively investigate the case while Moya will provide him with protection if, in addition, the journalist will "ghost-write" for him a speech for a slimming non-conformist Evangelical Christian sect, originating in Memphis, called "The Last Supper".

Esquilache is being followed by Abuchija and Estupiñan as he arrives in his official car at an apartment where he confronts Barragan - who is extremely agitated and hysterical, and pulling a gun, alternately levels it at the Councilman and his own temple. He has discovered that Esquilache was complicit in the impalement of Pereira Antunez and this is the impaled. The Councilman cannot hide his despising his niece's husband, and in a sudden reversal, Barragan who has been putting the gun into his mouth and to his temple, shoots Esquilache and is killed by the lawyer.

Moya, sitting at his desk, recounts for Silampa's benefit the police's closing report - "the Official Version" ! Silampa is enraged at the neatly self-serving concoction of Truth that Moya is pandering but helpless in front of the Colonel's power. The Colonel reminds him that in fucking Quica he was having sex with a minor, and that the body of Tifli's henchman Morsita was found stabbed to death in Quica's apartment - and if Silampa is going to be exceedingly particular about "justice" - Moya requests Silampa to forget about justice, to go along and publish "the official version" as his journalistic effort and "win the Simon Bolivar Prize for Journalism" so that his girlfriend will return to him upon his getting famous, if not rich - and also to finish the speech for "The Last Supper" and deliver it to him. Silampa leaves impotent, chastened and hemorrhoidal and surprised when sees Vargas Vicuña and Susan Caviedes goes free.

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