Nicotina (2004)

Nicotina Plot

From the producers of Amores Perros comes Nicotina, a highly stylized crime caper set in Mexico City about a simple exchange that goes awry, causing the lives of nine unsuspecting characters to explode in one tumultuous night over a fortune in diamonds. Diego Luna stars as computer hacker Lolo, who is infatuated with his neighbor Andrea (Marta Belaustegui) and catalogs her every move via high-tech peeping devices. Lolo teams with amateur criminals Tomson (Jesús Ochoa) and his younger counterpart Nene (Lucas Crespi) in a deal with a Russian mobster (Norman Sotolongo) that involves the exchange of diamonds for computer access to Swiss bank accounts. But the deal goes terribly wrong after Lolo's attempts to spoil Andrea's romantic trysts spiral out of control. Down the street, the irritable pharmacist Beto (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and his fed-up wife Clara (Carmen Madrid) get inadvertently entangled in the exchange, along with the humble barber Goyo (Rafael Inclán) and his domineering other half Carmen (Rosa María Bianchi). Infected with diamond lust, these characters become obsessed with the intoxicating possibility of an easy life and their greed quickly transforms into fiery desperation. When the haze finally clears, computers have been hacked, people have been whacked and lives have gone up in a cloud of smoke.

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