Lorenzo Vigas’s second feature offers an unusual coming-of-age tale where the exploitative contradictions of contemporary global capitalism are brutally exposed.
Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernandez Aldana
Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch
Hatzín Navarrete, Hernán Mendoza, Elián Gonzalez
Mexico-USA 2021. 90min
The Match Factory
With English subtitles
Hatzín has left Mexico City to pick up his father’s remains, on behalf of his grandmother, from a mass grave. However, on the bus back home he sees a man who looks unsettlingly similar to his father. He impulsively leaves the bus to pursue the man, with surprising consequences; none more so than the emotional journey Hatzín undertakes, beautifully mapped across the social landscape he navigates, in a symbolic attempt at finally gaining his father’s love. As in his award-winning first film, From Afar (LFF 2015), Lorenzo Vigas crafts complex characters faced with difficult moral choices. Hatzín Navarrete and Hernán Mendoza excel as the son and the man he pursues, in a tale where the personal and the political are skillfully interwoven and nothing is quite what it first seems.
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