2019 TIFF Film Review: THE MONEYCHANGER

The Moneychanger Poster
Trailer

THE MONEYCHANGER, based on the novel of the same name by Juan Enrique Gruber begins with a scene of Jesus in Biblical times overturning the tables of the moneychangers at the market place with the voiceover underscoring the evil of men be derived from the deed of moneychangers.  

The film setting is 1970s Uruguay (beautifully shot) centred on Humberto Brause (Daniel Hendler), who furiously throws himself into the buying and selling of currency, a rapacious endeavour supported by his father-in-law, a veteran in the business of capital flight.  He learns and become expert at this business, controlling everything except his unflappable, tough-as-nails wife, Gudrun (Dolores Fonzi). 

 Trouble arrives when he launders the largest sum of money he has ever seen.  Director Veiroj tells his tale in a deadpan style emphasizing each incident with increasing oddness.   At the end of it all, Brause questions his wife if she loves him when she offers a reply that is equally deadpan.  An intriguing and gripping tale.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN0uTlynHYI

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