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El Bano del Papa

Issue No. 2113

This film is set in 1988 in Melo, a small Uruguayan town, as the inhabitants are awaiting the visit of the Pope.

As speculation builds over how many people will travel to Melo for the visit, the poorest residents plot ways of fleecing money out of them.

Petty smuggler Beto, convinced he has the best scheme, blows his family’s savings on building a toilet people have to pay to use.

The film is an amusing look at how madness can take hold of entire communities.

But it is based on an actual papal visit in the late 1980s, and ultimately shows the desperation of people forced to live in dire poverty.

El Bano del Papa
Cesar Charlone & Enrique Fernandez
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Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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