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A slow-burning descent into desperation, Identifying Features uses one shattered family's ordeal to offer a harrowing look at the immigrant experience. Read critic reviews

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A woman tries to find her son's whereabouts after he leaves Mexico to find work in the United States.

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  • An austere, gorgeously shot parable of chaos and loss in modern Mexico, "Identifying Features" is an assured directorial debut from Fernanda Valadez...

    January 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Making her feature debut, Mexican writer-director Fernanda Valadez finds a personal tragedy within a national one... She's made a humanitarian lament by way of a slow-burn thriller.

    January 23, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Equal parts odyssey, investigation and descent, this eerily shattering dispatch from the heart of a grief-beset country... has the power to expand our notions of what a border story is.

    January 23, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Identifying Features peels back that feel-good façade of the 'coming to America' narrative for a much more painful reality, one that feels freshly steeped in tears, heartache, and headlines.

    January 22, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Magdalena is a woman driven by her need for answers, and while "Identifying Features" doesn't provide all of them, it offers a rich window into the search for the truth.

    January 22, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • An unsettling feeling hums through the film, and remains well after. Less of a jolt, then; call it a sustained current.

    January 22, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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