Almacenados (2015) – BALINALE Review

Review: Jack Zagha Kababie’s Almacenados (a.k.a. Warehoused) houses an absurdly ridiculous two-man show about employment, specifically pre-retirement syndrome, in an empty warehouse, hence the title.

Set in a warehouse located in a Mexican suburb, the drama-comedy revolves on the last five working days of Mr. Lino (José Carlos Ruiz), an old, diligent employee, and first five days of Nin (Hose Meléndez). Each day represents a chapter in this smartly outlandish observational tale, which mostly comes in tranquility but always has the ability to trigger bittersweet laughs. Continue reading “Almacenados (2015) – BALINALE Review”

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Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review

During the middle act of Güeros—Alonso Ruizpalacios’ whimsical directorial debut, a character talks to another, complaining about Mexican filmmakers make a so-called art film, shoot it in black and white with the infusion of poverty, corruptions, riots, and gangsters in background, then go to overseas festival, attempts to convince French critics about its substance, yet, instead of self-funding it, those filmmakers uses money collected from taxes. While the other character gives an amen to it.

Güeros is self-aware of itself as that movie who tries to be pretentious and artsy as described by its own characters, only in D.I.Y. indie side. That spirit is what the movies tries to depict and emanate—the pretentious rebel of youth in a solid satire of teen angst in a political collapsed country.

Loosely based on the 1999 UNAM student riots in Mexico City, Güeros is a coming of age rebellious act and art. It follows the tail of Federico “Sombra” (Tenoch Huerta), a philosophically depressed student whose life is left to nothingness after the university collapsed. With his buddy, Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris), Sombra spends the day slacking over, doing nothing, and occasionally tricks their disable neighbor to get free electricity.

Life changes when Sombra’s little brother, Tomás is sent by his fed-up mother to live with him.  Continue reading “Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review”