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161 Ratings


Directed by Amat Escalante
France, Mexico, 2005


Diego’s job is counting people as they enter a large government building. After work, he and his wife Blanca lie on the couch, watch soap operas, or make love on the kitchen table. Their relationship is based on having sex, watching TV, and fighting, until one day their routine is interrupted.

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Sangre Directed by Amat Escalante

Critics reviews

What Escalante has done is downgrade Carlos Reygadas’s battle in heaven to a series of little domestic skirmishes and the effect is not unlike watching the air being let out of a balloon—a miscalculation with no palpable political, social, and moral dimensions. If the title of the film was meant to be ironic—a reflection of what the film is drained of—then Escalante’s parody has fallen on deaf ears and blind eyes.
March 09, 2006
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There’s a wry charm to the innocent performances in this first feature, and the modest account of alienation, confusion and guilt is not without interest. Towards the end, however, as the story takes a melodramatic turn, one can only wonder whether it was producer Reygadas (‘Japón’, ‘Battle in Heaven’) who encouraged or influenced the drift into portentousness.
October 28, 2005
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