A century on from the Mexican Revolution, ten directors contribute short films examining (or not) its legacy. As with all such compilations it’s uneven, ranging from Fernando Eimbcke’s typically droll and visually elegant opener about a village band musician keen to do his best for a visiting dignitary, through Carlos Reygadas’s raw, faintly pretentious record of a wild party, to Gerardo Naranjo’s overly obscure allegory. The best include Gael García Bernal’s offbeat look at faith among four kids; Amat Escalante’s apocalyptic desert song evoking a timeless Mexico; Rodrigo Pla’s satirically spot-on (if obvious) account of a photo-op for a descendant of Pancho Villa; and, rightly as coda, Rodrigo Garcîa’s simple but lovely slo-mo rhapsody of revolutionaries sadly ignored in Latino LA.
Rodrigo Plá, Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Gael García Bernal, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Garcia
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