In Tucumán, northwest Argentina, Miguel makes a living as a motochorro, a thief snatching bags from his motorbike. But when a victim ends up badly hurt Miguel is plagued by guilt, and he conceals his true identity to start looking after the unsuspecting old woman. The closer he gets to her, the more he becomes entangled in his own lies, with some surprising and comic results. Inspired by real life events – the initial mugging, the police strikes and public looting – Toscano wanted to create a story that “questions and transcends the limits of prejudice, social condemnation, double standards and the true nature of victims and victimisers.” Add a great rock soundtrack, some fun plot twists, and nuanced characters evoking shifting sympathies – it’s a winning combination.

Translated title:
The Snatch Thief

Languages:
Spanish

Subtitles:
Full English

Duration:
93 minutes

Country of origin:
Argentina, France and Uruguay

Year of production:
2018

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