A Sweet Scent of Death

  • Film
  • Thrillers
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This is a slick and pacy, but - in both senses of the word - terribly Americanised thriller. The murder of a teenage nymphet in a Mexican village leads to widespread paranoia, machismo, cover-up and the threat of imprisonment of execution for the innocent teenager who fancied her. It's a tale of sex, violence, corruption and clichés, complete with bluesy guitar track, backlit lighting, hammy acting and a not very interesting denouement. But Alterio is dependable as ever as the ambiguous, ageing sheriff, and it all passes by innocuously and amiably enough.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gabriel Retes
Screenwriter: Guillermo Arriaga
Cast: Karra Elejalde
Ana Alvarez
Diego Luna
Héctor Alterio
Laila Saab
Ignacio Retes
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