"I fell in love with that pretty fucked up face of yours"
—Ricardo (to Pablo)
Okupas (Squatters) is an Argentine television program broadcast in 2000. It's one of the most acclaimed shows from that country, and considered one of the best by many. It was very successful at its first emission and second emission, but they tried later and did’t do very well. Directed by Bruno Stagnaro and produced by Ideas Del Sur.Starring Rodrigo De La Serna, Diego Alonso, Franco Tirri and Ariel Staltari, this jewel tells the story of Ricardo, one frustrated medicine student, who is now a slacker. His cousin ask him if he want to live temporarily in an abandoned house that belongs to her patrimony as a lawyer. He accepts, so he brings one of his all time friends Pollo, the black skinned, loyal, figure of his admiration, his mate Chiqui, the good-natured innocent big guy, and eventually becoming friends with Walter, a troubled but kind-hearted animal lover Rolling Stones fan. While occupying the house, Ricardo will decide to experiment and take the risks of this new outsider, criminal style of living, but also appreciate the values of friendship, love and loyalty.The series is well known for being a mixture between sociological analysis, psychological drama and thriller. With oustanding performances, very well written, rich and lovable characters and memorable, often funny, dialogues.
Kinda inverted later when Ricardo fails at his attempt to seduce his former college crush by trying to show her that he’s not a shy guy anymore.
Florencia: Can you explain me what happened in your life and what happened with your shyness? Ricardo: I was shy? Florencia: Well, I mean, we were together in the same class during two years and you never said anything about... 'my tits'. Ricardo: so... what would’ve happened? Florencia: about what? Ricardo: If I’ve said you something... Would you have given me a chance then? Florencia: No.
And I Must Scream: In the fourth episode, Ricardo realizes that five guys wanna gang-rape him... his reaction is terryfing.
Anti-Hero: The main four, but specially Ricardo and Pollo.
Beach Episode: The third episode. Altough they're not in the coast of Argentina, the gang is around the Quilmes waterfront.
Bittersweet Ending: The third episode “El Ojo Blindado” (“The Shelded Eye”). The gang returns home, Ricardo’s still feeling kinda bad because of the heavy cocaine induced discomfort, but this seems to be the first approach of their friendship. Of course, then we got Clara knocking the door, but the sweetness’s still there.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Pollo seems to fit in this. Maybe he’s not what you’d call a “bright person”, since he left school at 12, but he actually implemented a pretty intelligent plan to ambush Pablo, and had everything under control like a boss. Altough he could not anticipate that Pablo and La Turca would secretly work together to ambush him, wich was the main cause for his plan failed.
Downer Ending: In the “final showdown” between the four main and the Pablo’s band, one of them shoots Chiqui to death. Chiqui ask their friends to carry him to the house, so he can die there. Chiqui dies in the arms of his best friends.
Dramedy: Altough most of the things that happen in this show are played for drama, the fans also remember it for having a lot of funny moments and some hilarious discussions and dialogues between the characters.
After Ricardo fails at his attempt of robbing the wedding ring of some random guy in the street, Miguel gives him an interesting advice about stealing: “Do you know why you failed?. Because you didn’t hear me; You “looked” at him. Whenever you steal some guy, you can’t look at his eyes, because if you do, you feel sorry for him”.
Needs More Love: At it’s first release “Okupas” was a big hit, it generated almost a phenomenon. But the later emissions didn’t do very well as expected, so they never released DVD’s or anything, so you can only watch this series on youtube, from very low quality VHS rip.
Nostalgia Filter: in the eight episode, Ricardo visits the university he used to attend. This scene makes a contrast between that world Ricardo left behind, in wich he seemed to have a future and his new almost-criminal life. Not really a sad scene, but the nostalgic feeling is still there.
In the tenth episode Ricardo is watching "Space Jam" and "Pokemon: The First Movie".
Oh Crap: In the fourth episode, Ricardo is looking for Pollo, so he went to Pablo’s house (in the dock). Pablo invites him to come in, in a really friendly way. The the night came, and Ricardo suddenly realizes that Pablo and his roomates all this time were just faking being nice, only to rape him.
Refuge in Audacity: There are scenes where the leading characters employ racist epithets and xenophobic insults.
Roaring Rampageof Revenge: After the Pablo’s gang kills Severino, they’ decided to take revenge. And everything went just worse...
Russian Roulette: In the ninth episode Pablo wanted to test Pollo, to see if he’s still being the same. Pablo putted a bullet onto an empty gun to play “russian roulette” with Ricardo. Pablo gave Pollo the gun in order to kill Ricardo. Pollo carefully deviates the gun marksmanship to miss the shot. Luckily, Pablo and his henchman didn’t realize this and the bullet didn’t came out from the gun.
Soundtrack Dissonance: In the sixth episode, Ricardo forces three musicians to play the fifth symphony of Mahler in a public bathroom. On the next scene, the music is still playing, and we see Ricardo, Chiqui, Pollo and Walter running away after robbing a store.
You Talkin' to Me??: Walter in the fourth episode. Well, he’s not in front of a mirror, but when Pollo gave him a gun, he really got excited and start talking alone, really loud, asking “¿Quién es el más poronga en este conventillo de mierda?”, which could be traslated as “who’s the fuckin’ boss in this shithole, huh?”. Only to feel badass. (This is one of the most famous scenes)