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From Argentine auteur and “White Elephant” director Pablo Trapero comes the true story about a middle-class family that is anything but normal. Starring Guillermo Francella as the steely-eyed patriarch and Peter Lanzani as the eldest son, “The Clan” looks to be one of the more enticing titles at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The official synopsis reads: “Within a typical family home in the traditional neighborhood of San Isidro, a sinister clan makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Arqimedes, the patriarch, heads and plans the operations. Alejandro, his eldest son, is a star rugby player at CASI – a presitigious local club – and the Argentine mythical national team. The son gives in to his father’s will and identifies possible candidates for kidnapping; his popularity shields him from suspicion. To a greater or lesser extent, the members of the family are accomplices in this dreadful venture as they live off the benefits yielded by the large ransoms paid by the families of their victims.”