Category Archives: Latin America

Primal instinct: “La región salvaje” [2016 Mexico]

Amat Escalante is renowned/infamous for gritty and at times shocking realism in his films. But his 2016 erotic Sci-Fi fantasy drama (or dark comedy even) “La región salvaje” [Eng. Title: The Untamed] is quite different, and happily so.
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A brief review: “Las hijas de Abril” [2017, Mexico]

Wishing you all a very happy 2018!
Michel Franco is among the leading lights of Mexican cinema working today. Franco follows up on his impressive 2015 drama ‘Chronic’ with an equally devious and shocking family drama “Las hijas de Abril” (Eng. … Continue reading

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A film review: “El Clan” [2015 Argentina]

Pablo Trapero’s films have always been gutsy and raw on the outside, with just the right amount of melancholy to reflect on the complexities of human nature within. His recent drama, “El Clan” [Eng. Title: The Clan] is loosely … Continue reading

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Love in the time of apocalypse: “El desierto” [2013, Argentina]

It’s good to be back, even if briefly. Having been force-fed a diet of Hollywood over the past few months during my infrequent flights – yes, there must be a worldwide conspiracy to trap people into watching a whole … Continue reading

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A film review: “Las horas muertas” [2013 Mexico]

Every once in a while, even if less frequently then before, a gem emerges from Mexico to remind us of the country’s rich cinematic and cultural legacy that also inspired Latin America. A simple storyline layered in textures, and … Continue reading

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