Here are all our reviews of Latin American movies, including Mexican, Chilean, Brazilian films and more.

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Olvidados poster

Olvidados

in Bolivian Movies

Arriving on our screens after having enjoyed quite a glorious run in South America, this big budget Bolivian/Mexican production sheds light on a dark era known as Operation Condor where Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay joined force to eradicate communism, imprisoning, torturing and executing militants, thinkers and innocents alike. Alternating between present time and flashbacks, Olvidados (Forgotten) uses a Bolivian […]

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The Golden Dream poster (La jaula de oro)

The Golden Dream

in Mexican Movies

While there have been quite a few films about the long and perilous expedition that migrating illegally to the US is, The Golden Dream (La Jaula de Oro) certainly hits our screens at the right time, the current migrating situation in Europe – mostly Iraqis, Syrians, Africans fleeing their respective countries for Germany, France, Spain and the UK. – making […]

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The Princess of France

in Argentinian Movies

Watching Matias Pineiro’s The Princess of France just reminded how much I dislike modern theater. I know I’m probably going to anger quite a few of you out there, but I usually find these plays vain, pretentious and lacking scope. To clarify this, I should add that I’m not against theater as a medium, enjoying French playwrights such as Moliere […]

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Ardor poster

Ardor

in Argentinian Movies

A contemplative western set in the Amazonian jungle, Pablo Fendrik’s Ardor is a strange hybrid that might confound quite a few spectators. When the movie opens we are told that locals sometime invoke spirits from the river to come protect them. We then see a shirtless Gael Garcia Bernal (Kai) come out of the jungle, this enigmatic figure arriving just […]

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Güeros

Güeros

in Mexican Movies

A surprisingly well crafted debut feature from Mexico City director Alonso Ruizpalacios, Güeros follows three young men – 2 brothers and a friend – on a journey involving self-discovery, political consciousness and musical heritage. The film opens with a somewhat deplorable sequence where younger brother Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) drops a water balloon from a roof on a stroller passing by. From […]

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Elvira, I’d Give You My Life, But I’m Using It poster

Elvira, I’d Give You My Life, But I’m Using It

in Mexican Movies

Manolo Caro’s movie starts with a pretty simple and cruel premise: Gustavo (Carlos Bardem), a middle-aged husband and father of two, kisses his wife Elvira (Cecila Suárez) goodbye to go get cigarettes and never comes back. From there, we follow Elvira’s journey as she relentlessly looks for him, not to bring him back but rather to understand his motivations and […]

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The Absent

The Absent

in Mexican Movies

Nicolás Pereda The Absent (Los Ausentes) opens with a lengthy shot of a cow chewing before panning to an old man cooking in his house. The man then gets out of the house and stands still, the whole sequence consisting in just a couple shots. This opening should give you an idea of what to expect, the only rare moments of […]

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Los Ángeles

Los Ángeles

in Mexican Movies

Despite what its title might suggest, Los Ángeles does not take place in the city of angels but rather in a small Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contrary to most Mexican movies dealing with emigrating to the US, Damian John Harper’s film isn’t about the journey but about the destination. For the locals, LA is seen like an almost dreamlike […]

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Heli

Heli

in Mexican Movies

Although the title doesn’t refer to any religious belief – at least that’s what the director is saying – it is impossible to not establish a connection with the harsh journey a family has to endure in this movie: with Heli, Amat Escalante delivers the uncompromising and violent portrait of contemporary Mexico. If the film includes a few scenes that […]

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Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy

in Chilean Movies

Crystal Fairy And The Magical Cactus And 2012 – yes this is the actual title! – follows 3 Chilean brothers (director Sebastián Silva’s real life siblings) and one American dude (Jamie – Michael Cera) as they embark on a psychedelic journey to find a hallucinogenic cactus. On the way, they pick up a hippieish American girl (Crystal – Gaby Hoffman) […]

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Everybody Has a Plan

Everybody Has a Plan

in Argentinian Movies

While Mexican and Brazilian cinemas have slowly been building a strong presence on the international film circuit, mostly thanks to emblematic onscreen ambassadors such as  Alfonso Cuarón, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna – to name a few – other countries are still struggling to get their productions across the border; this, of course, doesn’t mean that their movie industry […]

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After Lucia

After Lucia

in Mexican Movies

After Lucia is the second feature from Mexican director Michel Franco (Daniel and Ana). The film, which follows a girl’s excruciating journey as she gets relentlessly bullied at a new school, has become a symbol of the anti-bullying movement in Mexico; in the process it also became the country’s entry for the 2013 Academy Awards. Attending Q&A’s with filmmakers can […]

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Thursday Till Sunday

Thursday Till Sunday

in Chilean Movies

In Thursday till Sunday, director Dominga Sotomayor takes us for a drive through Chile’s deserted landscape, as passengers of a family going on a camping trip. From the beginning, as the two parents are packing the car while the kids are sleeping, we can hear the mother ask her husband quietly if he really wants her to come. In the […]

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