Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)

2016

Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)

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Opulent and odd, Bleak Street isn't quite weird enough to work.

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In the early morning hours, two elderly prostitutes go back to their hovels. They are not tired from working; they are tired of not working. One has problems at home with her teenage daughter and cross dressing husband. The other lives with her invalid mother and loneliness. But that night, they have a date to celebrate the victory in the ring of two wrestlers, twin midgets wearing masks. At the hourly hotel, in order to rob the tiny men of their earnings, they drug them with eye drops. But the dose proves fatal. They murder them unintentionally. Scared and confused, they decide to hide from the police and run away together to live, as they always have, on Bleak Street.

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (10)

  • Although the movie doesn't flinch at presenting a dark and unsavory portrait of a down-and-out slice of humanity, it also detects a glimmer of something more in the characters, nudging the story in the direction of tragedy.

    Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The true story that inspired it raises eyebrows, but those raised eyebrows are all the film provokes, as well. That just isn't enough.

    Jan 21, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • "Come, let us have a drink," says one aging streetwalker to another, "and hate everything and everyone." If that sounds tempting, then Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein's latest will be right up your dimly lit, trash-strewn alley.

    Jan 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] sense of surreality within a mode of social realism (the scenario, believe it or not, was actually inspired by true event) ... gives the movie its off-kilter power.

    Jan 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a creepy and beguiling oddity, willfully weird but, at the same time, not quite weird enough.

    Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Ripstein finds dark humor in his characters' diminished expectations, which sag so low they're subterranean.

    Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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