ECUADOR: Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (1999)

Source IMDB

Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (“Rats, Mice, Thieves” – sometimes translated just to “Rodents”) is a 1999 film following a teen boy, Salvador, already teetering on the edge of delinquency, as his hardened criminal cousin Angel comes to hide out with him from hitmen. Angel is charming, street smart, and absolutely dedicated to a headlong plunge into drugs, crime, and oblivion, and drags Salvador, his friends, and his family down with him. It’s got the great combination of a violent, fast crime drama, but that catches you on the real-world consequences. The film won awards in Latin America and worldwide, and as screened at film fests like Venice and TIFF. If you’d like to watch it, it’s up on Vimeo with English subtitles.

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