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The Devil Never Sleeps is a "whodunit" documentary about family secrets. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo received a phone call informing her of the mysterious death of her wealthy Mexican uncle Oscar. Officially ruled a suicide, Portillo's relatives claimed murder, offering several possible suspects including a business partner, a ranch hand, and Oscar's young widow who stood to inherit everything. Traveling to Mexico, Portillo attempts to learn the truth about her powerful uncle. Using interviews, old snapshots and home movies, she finds a complicated web of family secrets, intrigue, rumor and betrayal that makes her enigmatic uncle's murder seem ever more likely, yet ever more obscure. As the Mexican saying goes, "When evil is lurking, the devil never sleeps."

Cast & Crew

Mark Adler
Original Music
Lola Beltrán
Original Music
Kyle Kibbe
Cinematographer
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Never Sleeps

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

  • Although the concept is promising, the movie's conclusions are too vague and scattered for her spadework to dig up a compelling drama.

    December 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Devil Never Sleeps is mildly entertaining, particularly in the sections that try to make sense of the radically contradictory accounts of the same events or issues given by different members of Oscar's family.

    December 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Director Lourdes Portillo] deploys an imaginative range of techniques and allusions to illuminate the investigation.

    December 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The emotional intensity of the passionate reminiscences and revelations that Portillo's subjects share turns them, for the time that they're onscreen, into the expressive equals of movie stars.

    June 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Lourdes Portillo] manipulates her film intercutting it with Mexican soap operas, projecting interviews onto the frames of sunglasses to point to the melodrama her family mystery has become. The effect is breathtaking.

    December 15, 2020 | Full Review…

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