What a great idea for a dystopian setting, and how well-realized onscreen it initially is — the first scene in which we see the _narcotraficantes_ is pregnant with danger and one of the tensest I’ve seen! Unfortunately, “magical realism” is sometimes a euphemism for “lotsa great ideas, but nothing concrete to say,” and this film’s final quarter meanders. It doesn’t help that I want to slap the little kid protagonist.
A fresh huck finn tale, with a protective but drugged out mexican guy pearce, and a compelling performance from the young Matilde Hernandez . Astonishing in its warped dystopian setting, where you can send YouTube links because the internet is still alive but there's no women, here's an entry to the post-apocalyspe genre that I'm glad exists. Mexican filmmaking has found strength with this impressive director.
"The film is powered by the underlying idea that children are equipped with all the emotional intelligence and resilience they need—if not to fully understand, then to survive, or to even transcend, the most egregious violence. ...[But] in an ending that is hardly happy...Cordón... plant[s] a doubt about the limits of magical thinking." - Ela Bittencourt, Mubi Notebook
This unusual drama glides between the harsh reality of a reimagined Mexico and magic realism. A little girl adrift in a distinctly male domain, the Huckleberry Finn references are writ large and without subtlety. Nevertheless, this doesn't outstay its welcome or offer neat conclusions, making the film all the more intriguing. Julio Hernandez Cordon is definitely a director to look for.
3.5 Full of the intense premonition in which violence bursts immediately, "Cómprame un revólver" depicts the desolate and brutal world realistically despite fablish attempt (Reference to Huckleberry Finn!). Although it feels a bit unfocused for my taste, impressive are the magnificent landscapes of Mexico and director's attempt that the last hope for us is children who survive through perils with their strong will.
This is a hard watch, no doubt about it. Found myself so on edge just hoping Huck and her father would be alright. The performances of the two were so painfully believable. So much going on here with obvious references to drug and child trafficking, addiction, gender identity, violence against women, suppression. But also the enduring spirit of humans to survive and to protect. I really enjoyed it.
Ansia, paura e speranza. Queste le sensazioni che emergono dal quadro di Cordon, il quale, attualizzando "Le avventure di Huckberry Finn", colloca le vicende di una bambina e dei suoi amici in un violento Messico distopico, privo di donne e governato da narcotrafficanti. Pellicola che stupisce per l'inquietante verosimiglianza sociopolitica, la cura dell'estetica e l'enorme impatto emotivo.
Holds a certain appeal for the first half hour or so. Watching a young child come face to face with horrific violence awakened a parental instinct in me that I wasn't aware of, such is the delicacy of the lead's performance. Film falters when it comes to the adults (last 30 mins are unmotivated), but the child actors are heartbreaking and soulful. The Statute of the Mothers hints at unbearable loss. Should be more.
The fantasies and innocence of children contrasted with the brutality and evilness of the world they live in. Reminds me of pans labyrinth. Some scenes were so beautiful, like the one in which the girl ran towards the sunset, and the last scene. Such a strong protagonist! 3.5
This film will break your heart but also touch you in many ways. Cursed by unfortunate living conditions, a father does everything he possibly can to protect his daughter in a place where women and little girls disappear. The love that this father has for his child is nothing short of incredibly touching. This film will also have you cheering for this little girl as she does exceptionally well at standing her own.