Friday, October 21 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Ambulance Chasers



In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes…


This is Argentina’s selection for the Oscars for best language foreign film and it stars the great Ricardo Darin, who was actually on it last year because the film that he was in, The Secret in Their Eyes, actually won the Oscar for best foreign film. The idea is that in Argentina , 22 people a day are killed in car accidents. And the compensation is a national industry. So, they have what they call sort of vultures, which is what Carancho means, in that they sort of lurk around accidents and emergency rooms at hospitals, — what we call in this country an ambulance chaser, to try and get people to sign up with them and then they take an unfair part of the settlement. Our hero is such a guy who is somewhat charming, but nevertheless a vulture and he meets a lovely EMT physician and he has a crush on her, yadda yadda. So, basically the movie is kind of a thriller and kind of a love story and you know what’s going to happen, but it’s still very well done. I’d give it three and a half stars.