Oblivion Verses (2017)

The aged protagonist of Alireza Khatami’s debut film is in some ways a lost and broken man. And yet he seems content; and through his job, which he takes very seriously, he has a purpose in life. But his little world is threatened by violent outside forces, by a re-emerging autocracy whose corruption and covert dealings won’t allow him to do his job properly.

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Zama (2017)

I sincerely disliked Zama. It is an “artfilm” of the worst kind: long, incoherent, and beloved by a very special breed of film critic.

If you are a hardcore Greenaway fan, you might possibly enjoy Zama, everyone else is far better off avoiding this film.

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Todo el poder (2000)

Todo el poder is a Mexican satire dealing with the high levels of crime and corruption in the country. The film benefits from a great cast, and the writing employs dark humour as well as farcical and absurd elements. But the film ultimately is too muddled and not narrated tightly enough, so it never lives up to its full potential.

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The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

A widely-known Mexican drama that is too ambitious for its own good. Trying to tackle too many issues at once, the film proceeds to drop them one by one and focus on its core story in the second half of the film, which creates an uneven narration.

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