Mexico

Carlos Enrique Taboada – Rapiña (1975)

Two neighbors who have always lived in poverty, are witnesses to a plane crash and decide to take everything they find valuable among the dead. They begin to experience greed. Read More »

José Bolaños – La soldadera AKA The Female Soldier (1966)

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“La soldadera” (the female soldier) focuses upon Lázara, a simple country girl who is caught up in the Mexican Revolution. At the beginning of the film, she is a newlywed whose husband, Juan, is forced to join the federal army during the revolution. Lázara chooses to follow Juan, but unfortunately he is soon killed in battle. One of the Villista soldiers (supporters of Pancho Villa), Nicolás, takes Lázara to be his woman and so she becomes part of their band. Lázara has to walk alongside Nicolás’ horse whilst carrying his rifle and gun belt as they travel. One of the older “soldaderas” puts the gun belt on Lázara and shows her how to shoot. Although Lázara does not fight, she is present during moments of conflict and is involved in the looting of a town. But Lázara wishes for nothing more than a home. Read More »

Alfredo B. Crevenna & Emilio Fernández – La rebelión de los colgados AKA Rebellion of the Hanged (1954)

A logging camp, deep in the Mexican jungle is the setting for this dark, cataclysmic drama. A man and his family go to work in a mahogany camp, only to find themselves and their coworkers treated as semi-slave laborers and the recipients of beatings and brutal punishments. Pushed to the brink of fury, the man decides the only way out for himself, and his coworkers, is for him to lead them in a violent and bloody revolt against their oppressors. Read More »

Jaime Humberto Hermosillo – La verdadera vocación de Magdalena AKA Magdalena’s true vocation (1972)

Married to rock ‘n’ roll man Eme, Magdalena has not stopped being harassed by her mother, who keeps reminding her that she could have married the apparently decent Armando. In reality, what Magdalena really wants is to be a musical star and she is willing to do anything to achieve it. Read More »

Pedro González-Rubio – Alamar (2009)

Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before he leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman’s life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea. Read More »

Marisa Sistach – Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas (2001)

A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent girls which is torn apart when one of them is brutally raped. Rebellious tomboy Yessica is frequently in trouble at school and at home, with its lower middle-class limitations. She is always at odds with her mother, bullying stepfather, and despicable stepbrother, Jorge. Then Jorge strikes a deal with a friend, helping the man trap Yessica and rape her, in exchange for money. Terrified and ashamed of the attack, Yessica remains silent, seeking comfort in her friendship with innocent and childlike Miriam, from a more stable home, though reared by a poor single mother. Tragedy unfolds as Yessica increasingly relies on Miriam and begins to get the naive girl into trouble, until Miriam finds she is no longer in control of her fate. Read More »

Fernando de Fuentes – El prisionero 13 (1933)

Two gripping stories are interwoven in Prisoner 13; a son pays for his father’s faults, and a desperate mother tries to save her son’s life at any cost. Destiny and corruption play a trick on Carrasco when he is bribed to free a revolutionary and arrest someone in his place. Unbeknownst to him he ends up arresting his own son.
Fernando de Fuentes’ “Revolution trilogy” opens with this gripping tale of corruption and family conflict, as a powerful colonel (Alfredo del Diestro) agrees to release a revolutionary he has in custody as part of a bargain to arrest another person to take the prisoner’s place. The bribe backfires when the colonel’s own son is accidentally captured to seal the deal. Potent drama from Mexico also stars Luis G. Barreiro, Adela Sequeyro, and Antonio R. Frausto. 76 m Read More »