Cert: 18 Year: 2013 Length: 105 mins Language: Spanish
Heli tells the story of the titular protagonist (Armando Espitia), a seventeen-year-old boy living with his wife (Linda González) and his sister, Estela (Andrea Vergara). The film follows the arcs of these characters and Estela's boyfriend (Juan Eduardo Palacios) as they struggle with drugs, violence, and corruption. Their plight appears to be hopeless since it's almost impossible to tell the difference between drug dealers, police and soldiers.
The movie is, shocking and dispiriting, and one assumes this was Escalante's intention: to testify, unflinchingly, to the horrors of his country’s drug war. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico. (IMDB)
Please note that there is one scene of sadistic violence and you need to be prepared to be shocked.
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Squint, and the title makes more sense. Shut your eyes entirely to its horrors and you'll really miss out.
Catherine Shoard, Guardian
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