Days of Grace

Days of Grace

Everardo Valerio Gout (2011)

131min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Everardo Valerio Gout makes an instant impression with a dynamic debut that owes much to 1990s Hong Kong crime flicks like A Better Tomorrow and Hard-Boiled. But, while Gout capably interweaves a trio of storylines across three football World Cups between 2002 and 2010, this is never as dramatically compelling as Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, which was shown at Cannes at the same time as this. Cinematographer Luis David Sansans's use of varying aspect ratios and handheld shakicam is complemented by the precision of the breakneck editing. But Gout's preoccupation with kinetic imagery and violent set pieces keeps the audience at a distance from honest cop Tenoch Huerta, delinquent Kristyan Ferrer and abducted businessman Carlos Bardem. It may feel more like pulp than art house, but it still maintains its grip, bound together by a score composed by Nick Cave among others.

Summary

A devoted Mexico City detective tries to keep the streets safe, but his job is always hardest during the football World Cup final, when the excitement can cover all kinds of lawlessness. In 2002, 2006 and 2010, the cop has to contend with a drug gang, a kidnapping and a woman who has fallen foul of gangsters. Crime drama, starring Tenoch Huerta and Kristyan Ferrer. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Lupe Esperanza, "Teacher" Tenoch Huerta Mejía
Susana Dolores Heredia
Victim X Carlos Bardem
Iguana / Doroteo Kristyan Ferrer
Maxedonia, "Maxi" Eileen Yañez
Melquiadez Mario Zaragoza
Madrina Veronica Falcón
Director Everardo Valerio Gout
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudityAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 26 Jul 2013
Drama