A mother travels across Mexico in search for her son who authorities say died while trying to cross the boarder into the United States.
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2020
Golden Alexander Fernanda Valadez
Audience Award World Cinema – Dramatic
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award Best Screenplay
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020
Horizons Award Fernanda Valadez
Corina J Poore wrote:
This film is fiction, but all too real. There is minimal dialogue, exposing great power in the silences and the slow-burn rhythm of the film. Tight close-ups on the characters with long takes, emphasize the resilience in Magdalena’s restrained emotions, so we are drawn to empathize with her fierce determination. Many films have been created about this violent area, largely controlled by a plethora of militant groups whose origins or even intentions are not always known, not least Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’ starring Gaël García Bernal, or the action-packed and very dramatic ‘Sin Nombre’ by Cary Joji Fukunaga. These are both not to be missed, but this opera prima by Valadez, with its subtlety, is one of the few to have captured the visceral pain of the families in such a minimalist and empathetic manner.
Greatly enhanced by the superb camerawork of cinematographer Claudia Becerril Bulos, who uses lighting, desolate landscapes and bokeh (blurred images), we are taken into the border area between these two countries and thrust into a land of dreams and nightmares.
2.29GB | 1h 39m | 1920×1080 | mkv
Language(s):Spanish, North American Indian, English