Ahead of its time by a few years. I disagree with the MUBI take on this film. It's not only an unsympathetic look at the "Bourgeousie". The same lack of sympathy is awarded each character in the film. If anything Bernal's film is an indictment of lust and the chase for a rush that rules all of society today.
Privileged rich boy has his friends home for a party and proceeds to try to seduce an argentine girl trying to ignore the crushing truth about his future. Bernal attempts to say something about the class structure, economic realities and the fleeting friendship of afluence but comes up short as a director. Handheld camera work pretty awful but film never boring to watch...just kind of empty.
Back in 2007 when this premiered at the Gothenburg Film Fest, Gael García Bernal was hot stuff as a debutee of a director and a lot of attention was put in his direction. The film itself, to me it was a fantastic directorical debute with interesting topics. But it failed so remarkably in terms of cinematography that it wasn't even funny... Pity. Stil,l worth the 79 minutes it takes to view.
A subtle movie with a big point to make about race relations in modern day Mexico between the indigenous/mestizo people and white upper class. On the surface things seem respectful but also awkward. Just add some tension to unfold these historical animosities and we get Deficit.
As a Mixtiza, I was very disappointed by this film. It was meant 2 target the light skinned Mexicans. It was a movie that most light skinned Mexicans saw & liked. I didn't like it because Gael Gracia Bernal somehow made this movie about himself. Need proof, there's a magazine article that mentions him as a hot mexican icon in the background in the office. what was that story about Mofa? This movie lost its point.