The Last Christeros (2013)
Movie InfoIn anticipation of our survey of contemporary Mexican cinema, GENMEX (running September 6-12), we showcase Matías Meyer's THE LAST CHRISTEROS, a highly unusual historical film that takes a meditative, nearly non-narrative approach to portraying the experiences of those who continued to resist the Mexican government's anti-Christian (especially anti-Roman Catholic) persecution, even following the official end of the Cristero War in 1929. Devoted to the cause, despite their increasing desperation and fatigue, and their yearning to rejoin their families, this band of rebels - whose genuine religious faith and spiritual innocence is apparent despite their paradoxical embrace of armed struggle - trudges exhaustedly through the hills and mountains of rural Mexico, experiencing moments of grace and beauty amid the violence and suffering. (c) Anthology … More
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Mr. Meyer adheres to a cinema of broad experience by casting rugged but uninspiring nonprofessionals and focusing on the rebels' long, lonely struggle rather than on triumph and tactics.
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