Güeros (2015)


Critic Consensus: A striking effort that synthesizes disparate influences with inventive flair, Güeros marks a bold step forward for modern Mexican cinema.


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Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra's kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomas discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects on his deathbed. But what they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City's invisible frontiers. (C) Kino

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"Güeros" is brutal, ironic, madcap, and grim.

Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Handsomely shot by Damian Garcia in full-frame black-and-white, Güeros is at times both painfully arty and arbitrarily plotted.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Whimsical, mysterious and subtly tragic ...

May 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Agreeable this film certainly is, but the shagginess never seems to take shape.

May 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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More than perhaps any other country, Mexico has lobbed some real cinematic intelligence onto the world stage in recent years. "Güeros" continues that salutary tradition.

May 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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