Noooooo! (<-O) ¿¡Cómo va a serrrrrrrrrrrr?!
I've owned this film for ages on DVD and just finished watching it. More fool me for leaving it so long. Great film, that just hurtles along at a relentless pace and never lets up. Personally, I have no first hand experience of the Mexican drug world but it looks brutal, unforgiving and exhausting. A mood perfectly portrayed in this effortlessly authentic film. One to watch again!
Una película estilizada, hipnótica y absorbente sobre la violencia generada por el narcotráfico en México. La fotografía y la cámara son soberbias.
A regional beauty pageant contestant becomes, through sheer happenstance, a pawn in the Mexican drug wars. By staying with her point of view, the film very effectively conveys her helplessness and the confusion of the world she became a part of. The movie is so dispassionate, however, that I didn't really care about what was happening.
Una muy buena idea terriblemente ejecutada. Sólo queda decir: QUE MALA MISS BALA!!!
It's refreshing to see a young filmmaker who understands his influences. The shootouts are the most Bressonian since L'Argent
Fascinating on target picture from director Naranjo (Drama/Mex) looking at the state of modern Mexico's lawlessness and moral bankruptcy. A young girl with visions of a beauty queen life inadverantly finds herself drawn into the struggle between drug runners, corrupt police, the dea and the military machine as she becomes a pawn to all. Young Sigman is a natural talent here and we share her journey intimately. Aces.
An entirely terrifying, fully realized portrait of a politically ruined country's hopes and fears. In a way that is both mystifying and accessible, present-day Mexico's drug cartel rulership is presented using a smart, gender-conscious twist on its cultural symbolism.
Visually the film is perfect. The cinematography achieves what many other films try to do and fail. The long takes and tracking shots establish a voyeuristic look into war that is unforgiving. That said the second half is weaker than the first. It lingers too much and can be complicated at times. The ambiguous ending however is very fitting seeing that the war on drugs being fought in Mexico continues to rage
Not really sure what the director was going for here. Much of the film is focused on the back of the actors heads or letting the action happen off screen. Both great techniques but here they are used ad nauseum. I was ready to feel the terror and the tragedy of the characters circumstance but instead found her to be a lump of clay that fidgeted with explosions went off. Really disappointing given all the praise.