As the son of two actors Ricardo was able to start his career at age 10. He became involved with tv soap operas and comedies developing a strong fan base and winning a few awards. He also acted in live theatre and directed a few plays.
My first Darin viewing was with "El Aura" put on by the Art Gallery of Hamilton giving it a little extra prestige. Ricardo played an epileptic taxidermist who fancied himself a clever robber of a casino. He won a best actor award and left an interesting impression.
"XXY" was viewed years later and like almost all the others was a library DVD. It was on a delicate topic. Ricardo acted the father of a child who was a hermaphrodite (both sexes) Trying to let the child decide what sex with lots of social pressures coming from unexpected directions..
Three movies switched from drama to emphasize his comic timing. "The Education of Fairies" was serious, but had a lot of humour. He played a toy inventor who as he put it, fell in love with two people all at once, actually a widowed mother and her son. This one was set in Spain and was the only one I saw not set in Argentina.
"Nine Queens" was another comic role this time as a con artist in 2000. Lots of twists, but I admit I had seen some of the twists before. There was a later Bollywood revision in 2005 with Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, but not quite as good. Ricardo won another best actor award.
"Carancho" is a film noir based on how too many fatal traffic accidents are handled by crooked lawyers. Ricardo plays a repentant lawyer who teams up with an emergency doctor and deals with crooked cops and insurance companies. A powerful drama with lots of twists.
"The Eyes of the Suspect" has been considered a masterpiece perhaps because Juan José Campanella co-wrote, directed and edited it. The film won Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Ricardo played a former justice lawyer digging up an old unresolved rape/murder and an old unrequited love. Apparently the leading lady, Soledad Villamil had acted out romances with Ricardo in earlier films that were hits with the public.
Also has tried his hand at directing a movie, but with limited success, "La Sena."
"Wild Tales" recently got attention as nominated for best foreign film Oscar and did win numerous other awards. It is six short stories (Ricardo in only one, but received his award nominations). The music was composed by another Argentine export, Gustavo Santaolalla who is known in America for "Babel" and "Brokeback Mountain,"but has done the music for movies over Latin America, Europe and even India.
Going through IMDB listing for Ricardo he does appear as a leading figure in some above average rated movies with interesting plot lines. Argentina has an interesting politics and some of that is reflected in his movies.
My motivation for writing this blog is that I would like to have more access to this actor's films. He himself is a joy to watch, but perhaps more importantly he has been selective in his script choices. I watched a video where someone asked him if he wanted to act in Hollywood, and basically he said he had been offered bits, but they weren't as "interesting" as what he is offered elsewhere. Everyone who asks for one of his movies increases the pressure so we can all enjoy some high class entertainment. I have only seen the movies that I have bolded and there are lots more as yet unseen.