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A Sweet Scent of Death
5.8
/10
97 Ratings

A SWEET SCENT OF DEATH

Un dulce olor a muerte

Directed by Gabriel Retes
Mexico, Argentina, 1999
Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

In a small town of the Mexican sierra, young Ramón finds the dead body of his secret teenage love Adela. When villagers start suspecting small-time criminal El Gitano, Ramón will receive increasing pressure to avenge her—despite his own doubts.

Synopsis

In a small town of the Mexican sierra, young Ramón finds the dead body of his secret teenage love Adela. When villagers start suspecting small-time criminal El Gitano, Ramón will receive increasing pressure to avenge her—despite his own doubts.

Our take

Based on the novel by Guillermo Arriaga, A Sweet Scent of Death stars a baby-faced Diego Luna in a very early role, playing a character who treads the fraught path towards manhood. Gabriel Retes’ chilling mystery tackles the toxicity of machismo with a fresh and contemporary feel.