Written and Directed by Rodrigo Moreno, 'The Delinquents' was nominated for the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival
Rodrigo Moreno's crime-comedy thriller 'The Delinquents', which was nominated for the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is all set to make its OTT debut. The Argentinian film will be available to stream on MUBI from December 15th, 2023.
'The Delinquents' stars Daniel Elías in the role of Morán, a clerk working at a bank who has schemed a rather interesting plan for his retirement. Morán has figured that instead of toiling away at his job until he could retire, it would be wiser to steal double the amount (a whopping $650,000) that he would have made until that day arrived. But he is also willing to turn himself in to the police and serve a shorter sentence, as long as his colleague Románn (Esteban Bigliardi) hides the cash while he is away. This is where it gets interesting.
Román, the man now in charge of the money, decides to head to a remote village in Argentina to hide the funds and more importantly, stay away from the sights of a company investigator who could potentially indict him. Except that here, he encounters a mysterious woman (Margarita Molfino) who will transform his life forever.
While at first glance, 'The Delinquents' offers the same beats as any crime-comedy or a heist film, but when dug deeper, the film slowly reveals itself as a philosophical experiment of some kind. Rodrigo Moreno, who has written the film, draws us into this world at his own chosen pace and then gradually, in a sleight-of-hand manner, turns the crime movie into an existential quest for its characters. Unlike other films, 'The Delinquents' works best as a subversive exercise that defies our expectations at every turn.
Aside from making the cut to the Un Certain Regard section at the 76th Cannes Film Festival (prize won by the British film 'How to Have Sex'), 'The Delinquents' was also screened at this year's Lima Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and also the New York Festival. At the Lima Film Festival, Rodrigo Moreno won the award for Best Director with the film winning the Best Film award in the International Critics' Jury Award category.