Tano and his friend Richi (Jesus Carroza) subsidize a wedding present by lifting a wallet at the local mall. Tano's girlfriend, Patri (Alba Rodriguez), lies to her mother and takes a bus so they can meet up, but she returns home the next morning after he spends the night partying with his old gang. Pumped with adrenaline and the fires of adolescence, Tano and Richi mock what they see as the banality of the working class and grasp at the materialistic pleasures more easily obtained through criminal behavior.
Despite glimmers of redemptive possibility, the film grows darker as we witness Tano and Richi's increasingly sociopathic behavior.
Also screening are Ventura Pons' "Wounded Animals," Montxo Armendariz's "Obaba," Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" -- starring Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins and Javier Camara -- Santiago Tabernero's "Life in Color" and Patricia Ferreira's "Something to Remember Me By."
* "Border Cafe": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA
Info: (310) 206-FILM, www.cinema.ucla.edu
Recent Spanish Cinema
* "Princesses": 7:30 tonight
* "The Method" and "Seven Virgins": 7:30 p.m. Friday
* "Wounded Animals": 5 p.m. Saturday
* "Obaba" and "The Secret Life of Words": 7:30 p.m. Saturday
* "Life in Color" and "Something to Remember Me By": 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Info: (323) 466-FILM, www.egyptiantheatre.com