Time Out says
Mexican actor Diego Luna’s first fiction feature as director confirms the promise of his boxing documentary ‘Chávez’. Though the parallel cutting towards the climax is a little pat, he tells his intriguingly Oedipal story swiftly and clearly, shifts deftly between the comic and dramatic modes and makes the wide ’Scope format eloquent and attractive.
Perhaps unsurprisingly (he began acting professionally in his early teens), Luna also elicits fine performances from his cast, not least from real-life brothers Christopher and Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza as Abel and Paul. The result is a pleasingly unsentimental but affecting study of a kid whose behaviour is both a consequence of and a catalyst for family tensions fuelled by outmoded notions of masculinity. Engrossing, intelligent fare.
Cast and crew
Gerardo Ruiz- Esparza