The Hole in the Fence
El hoyo en la cerca
The politics of privilege are brutally dissected in a striking coming-of-age tale that exposes the fault lines and schisms of contemporary Mexican society.
Joaquín del Paso
Fernanda de la Peza, Joaquín del Paso
Joaquín del Paso, Lucy Pawlak
Valeria Lamm, Yubah Ortega, Lucciano Kurti
Mexico 2021. 100min
Wild Bunch International
With English subtitles
A group of pre-teen boys from an exclusive Mexico City school have arrived at Los Pinos, a secluded rural summer camp where, under the watchful eye of their male teachers, they undertake a programme of activities (religious, physical, and psychological) to promote a fierce fundamentalist ethos. The ‘Lord of the Flies’ world of the boys sees divisive, inflammatory rhetoric prevail, encouraging one-upmanship, bullying and a dangerous sense of entitlement. And then, a hole in the fence is spotted, animating the boys’ furtive imagination with unsettling consequences. Joaquín del Paso delivers a tense, visceral and highly singular feature that functions as an effective prequel to Michel Franco’s New Order (LFF 2020), expertly exploring the adolescent climate that nurtures the self-appointed elite of a stratified society.
Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.
This film contains flashing images.
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