My favourite film of the ones I have seen at this year's Berlinale. A moving and engaging story. Tempestad is a hard-hitting portrait of Mexico, and should be seen in line with, for example, Amat Escalante's work on the country.
Two women tell their stories. One woman suffered the trauma of wrongful imprisonment. The other woman must bear the anguish of her daughter's disappearance. In one scene, the woman with the missing daughter sits with friends; they laugh and then begin to cry, aware of the absence. This film is about how both horror and beauty coexist in the lives of two Mexican women. A haunting cinematic experience.
A poetic wonder. A harsh journey through Mexico's tumultuous context of violence where it's horrors are subtley suggested through its powerful imagery and the narrative, one heard and one seen, of its two women. Mexico's finest film of the year.