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A striking effort that synthesizes disparate influences with inventive flair, Güeros marks a bold step forward for modern Mexican cinema.
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A very smart debut.
"Güeros" is brutal, ironic, madcap, and grim.
Handsomely shot by Damian Garcia in full-frame black-and-white, Güeros is at times both painfully arty and arbitrarily plotted.
Whimsical, mysterious and subtly tragic ...
Agreeable this film certainly is, but the shagginess never seems to take shape.
Even if Güeros doesn't entirely work, it feels worthy: a film made independently and without interference whose reverence for the past thankfully doesn't result in too much solemnity or seriousness.
Ruizpalacios is too busy indulging in stylistic flourishes for us to form much of an emotional bond with the characters, leading to a closing shot that would have been really powerful if he'd tightened the film's structure.
The charm of Güeros, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, is in its variety of... apparent contradictions. [Full review in Spanish]
Güeros provides space for this type of dialogue (parallels of social criticisms) delivered through beautiful prose, colloquialisms, music and humor.
With the Mexican student strike of 99 as a backdrop and the use of black and white photography and playful camerawork, Güeros is a fresh and interesting film that must be seen. [Full review in Spanish]
Güeros is not a perfect film, but it has freshness and honesty, it's ingenious and sensitive, and just for that it's worth seeing it. [Full review in Spanish]
A good one, though at times rather grim for a playful comedy.
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