I've owned this film for ages on DVD and just finished watching it. More fool me for leaving it so long. Great film, that just hurtles along at a relentless pace and never lets up. Personally, I have no first hand experience of the Mexican drug world but it looks brutal, unforgiving and exhausting. A mood perfectly portrayed in this effortlessly authentic film. One to watch again!
Yes, the film is stylish, than substantial. And of course, if you do aware with the film premise, I don't think it is supposed to be a portrayal of reality. It's not supposed to be a kind of life like film, I think. But Gerardo Naranjo has his sense of style to put this unusual story feels so tense and gripping.
This is definitely the Cannes discovery this far. An impeccably directed and very very powerful Mexican film – with some of the most fitting, brilliant cinematography I've seen in years. Also, the original story and strong main character is continuously edge-of-the-seat engaging. Flawless, unmissable film.
Gerardo Naranjo se aleja de lo que nos impresionó con Drama/Mex su narrativa dentro de las tragedias cotidianas. Nos presenta una película que nunca toma su camino, en momentos vacía, en momentos no encuentras esa conexión con la protagonista, parecería qu el sufrimiento es sólo de ella y nunca del espectador.
Very tight direction, but my main beef with the film is that it's riddled with nonsensical actions and choices from some of the characters, and a total lack of character change in Laura. She's victimized all along and never shows any sign of rebellion.
Visually the film is perfect. The cinematography achieves what many other films try to do and fail. The long takes and tracking shots establish a voyeuristic look into war that is unforgiving. That said the second half is weaker than the first. It lingers too much and can be complicated at times. The ambiguous ending however is very fitting seeing that the war on drugs being fought in Mexico continues to rage
Not really sure what the director was going for here. Much of the film is focused on the back of the actors heads or letting the action happen off screen. Both great techniques but here they are used ad nauseum. I was ready to feel the terror and the tragedy of the characters circumstance but instead found her to be a lump of clay that fidgeted with explosions went off. Really disappointing given all the praise.