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Swindled (2004)

Cast: Manuel Alexandre, Alejandro Casaseca, Victoria Abril, more...
Director: Miguel Bardem
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: TLA Releasing
Genre: Spain
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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A con man finds himself up against an adversary he hasn't the strength to challenge in this crime drama from Spain. Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio) is a man who grew up learning the easier way to get out of trouble was to lie, and over the years, he's built a career out of his gift for twisting the truth as a con man. Teaming up with two experienced grifters, Manco (Manuel Alexandre) and Federico (Federico Luppi), Ernesto is able to pull off a major scam involving the Spanish Army that scores the three a major payday. This should put Ernesto and his partners on Easy Street, but things begin to go sour when Ernesto is reunited with a former girlfriend, Pilar (Victoria Abril). Ernesto is a soft touch for anything that Pilar might suggest, and when she plots a big con for him and his partners, he offers no objections. However, when Manco dies under hazy circumstances and Ernesto's childhood pal Gipsy (Alejandro Casaseca) conveniently appears wanting to take his place, Ernesto begins to suspect that he may be the one being scammed. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nice Con by talltale January 26, 2006 - 6:36 AM PST
If you love a good con game, with the bonus of letting you look at things from the angle of both the con-ner and con-nee, SWINDLED ("Incautos") is a fine choice. Directed swiftly and with ample panache by Miguel Bardem, co-written by Bardem and Carlos Martin, and acted to perfection by a good international cast--including Ernesto Alterio and Federico Luppi (Argentina), Victoria Abril (Spain) and Gilbert Melki (France)--the movie starts with several bangs and never really lets up.

You'll know you're being taken for a ride, but since the carrier's got class, style and speed, you won't mind. Nor will you probably be quite able to figure it all out until the very end. By then, you'll have one smile on top of another smile atop yet one more. As entertaining as "con" movies can be, they often leave a sour aftertaste. Post-"Swindled," oddly enough, you may feel as though you've just been given a bracing, flavorful mouthwash: It doesn't last--but it refreshes nicely. Kudos to all involved.

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