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72 Ratings

I Promise You Anarchy

Te prometo anarquía

Mexico, Germany, 2015


Best friends and lovers Miguel and Johnny have known each other since childhood. They spend their time skateboarding with their friends in throbbing Mexico City where they sell their own blood and get donors for the ER black market as a way to make money.

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I Promise You Anarchy Directed by Julio Hernández Cordon
Cordón stages scenes for their gritty realist qualities, as when Miguel and Techno (Diego Escamilla Corona) hustle their music aboard a packed city train or when Miguel’s crew slowly skate through a long city street, packed with vendors and shops, which is all captured in one take. These are fine textures for representing Mexico City’s centripetal spatial construction, but Cordón prefers to leave these strands untied.
March 13, 2016
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The story’s quirky unpredictability and the direction’s Altmanesque textures account for much of its appeal.
November 30, 2015
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As in Larry Clark’s Kids or Gus van Sant’s Paranoid Park, skateboarding is more than a sport or hobby in Cordón’s well conceived and made Te prometo anarquia (I Promise You Anarchy) – in all these works, skateboarding unfolds an extended metaphor for how the young are levitationally rolling away from a precariously balanced adult society.
September 15, 2015
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