Bank employee Moran schemes to steal enough money to never work again, then confess and serve prison time while his colleague hides the cash. Soon under investigative pressure, accomplice Roman meets a woman who transforms him forever.
“I want a modest life. I don’t want to work anymore.”
The Delinquents is the International Feature submission for Argentina. The film takes place in Buenos Aires in a bank where Moran and Roman are employees. Moran has been working at this same job for decades and he’s had enough with living the same life. He’s tired of wearing the same clothes. He’s tired of eating at the same restaurant. He’s tired of taking the same train to work. He’s tired of the same routine day after day and week after week.
One day, Moran decides to rob the bank. Being almost invisible to his colleagues, he heads to the vault, places $650,000 in his backpack and walks out. No one notices and no one pays any attention to what just happened. Later that night, Moran asks Roman to meet him for dinner and he explains that he’s just stolen twice as much money as he would earn before retirement if he worked every day for the next 25 years. He will confess to the crime and spend three and a half years in jail, and that Roman needs to hide the money during the duration of his prison stint. Once he’s out they will split the money. It seems like a good idea, right?
Moran is feeling what a lot of us are feeling with the mundane work and life balance that we’re facing in today’s society. We work and work and work to only wake up one day realizing that we’ve been at the same place for decades. And for what? To pay our rent? To pay our clothes? Our food? Our car? Gas? We work to pay bills rather than to live. And Moran has decided that he’d rather spend three years in jail rather than 25 years at a bank. He doesn’t want to be rich, he just wants to be free. He wants to be free from capitalism and free from the work-life balance. Moran wants a home in a small town, riding horses and spending time at a lake, enjoying the precious time that he has on Earth.
So what exactly is freedom once one finally gets it? Moran and Ramon are now tasked with finding it for themselves now that they might finally have it due to financial relief. Their search is one without any fixed destination or fixed plan, but with an endless amount of possibilites. They will hopefully follow their own desires and inclinations, and implement their own decisions. Forever reinventing itself and meandering away from predictable paths, Roman and Moran might be delinquents, but they’re probably the smartest of us all.