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On Probation (Spanish: Tiempo de valientes: "A Time for The Braves") is a 2005 Argentine crime comedy film written and directed by Damián Szifrón and starring Diego Peretti and Luis Luque. Contributing writers for the film were Agustín Rolandelli and Nicolás Smudt. It was produced by Oscar Kramer and Hugo Sigman.[1]

Tiempo de valientes
Spanish language theatrical release poster
Directed byDamián Szifrón
Produced byOscar Kramer
Hugo Sigman
Written byDamián Szifrón
Contributing Writers:
Agustín Rolandelli
Nicolás Smudt
StarringLuis Luque
Diego Peretti
Music byGuillermo Guareschi
CinematographyLucio Bonelli
Edited byAlberto Ponce
20th Century Fox Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA)
Kramer & Sigman Films
OK Films
Shok Films Argentina
Distributed byINCAA
Release date
  • 29 September 2005 (2005-09-29) (Argentina)
Running time
112 minutes

The film is considered an Argentine entry in the buddy-cop adventure subgenre.



Alfredo Díaz (Luis Luque) is a cop who falls into a depression after discovering that his wife has been cheating on him. Mariano Silverstein (Diego Peretti), a psychologist assigned by the force, tries to help Alfredo deal with his problem.

When Alfredo is invited to dinner to Silverstein's home, he unmasks Silverstein's wife, who also has an affair, which causes the psychologist and the cop to switch roles. Díaz takes Silverstein with him on many adventures as both begin to unravel a criminal conspiracy of national proportions.



The film opened wide in Argentina on September 29, 2005.

It was shown at film festivals, including: the Málaga Film Festival, Spain; the Indie - World Film Festival, Brazil; the Villeurbanne Festival Reflets du cinéma ibérique et Latino-américain, France; and others.

Critical receptionEdit

Variety magazine film critic Jonathan Holland, liked the film although he had a few problems with the latter part of the film. He wrote, "A well-scripted and played Argentine buddy movie that generates fine comedy and decent thrills from an engagingly offbeat premise, On Probation is a surprising pleasure. Though things fall apart somewhat in the final reels, the solid work early on sees pic through successfully. Probation did good business at home following its September 2005 release, followed by unexpectedly healthy Spanish B.O. in 2006, suggesting pic could walk free in selected offshore markets beyond the Hispanic, with a cult following via fest play likely."[2]




  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Best Actor, Luis Luque; Best Actor, Diego Peretti; Best Cinematography, Lucio Bonelli; Best Director, Damián Szifron; Best Editing, Alberto Ponce; Best Film; Best Music, Guillermo Guareschi; Best Original Screenplay, Damián Szifron, Agustín Rolandelli, and Nicolás Smudt; Best Sound, Fernando Soldevila; 2006.


  1. ^ Tiempo de Valientes on IMDb
  2. ^ Holland, Jonathan. Variety, film review, July 11, 2006. Last accessed: February 18, 2008.

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