A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against student demonstrations in nearby Mexico City and rallies the townsfolk to lynch them. Based on true facts.
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I'm more familiar with Mexican born directors than with Mexican cinema and had never heard of this film before. A black sunglasses Godardian priest manipulates the ignorant population of a rural little town in order to protect his benefits. A lynching ensues. Great screenplay. Strongly recommnended.
Inspirandose en un famoso caso de nota roja, Cazals consiguió -sin proponerselo- una brillante alegoría sobre los sucesos del 68. Reflexión sobre la manipulación religiosa y la descomposición del entorno político/social mexicano de los años 70, la cuál a pesar de ser una cinta que no puede categorizarse dentro de un género cómo el terror, resulta una experiencia genuinamente aterradora.
Political horror concerning the brainwashing of the citizens in Canoa by a paranoid priest and how their fear of the communist infiltration of their church manipulated their mob mentality to brutal violence against Puebla university workers. Deeply disturbing and unflinching.