Review – REVOLUCIÓN (Various directors, 2010, Mexico)

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REVOLUCIÓN || 2010, Mexico || Compilation || Directed by – Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen / Written by – Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen, Mauricio Katz / Produced by – Pablo Cruz, Felipe Garcia Naranjo, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Jonathan McCoy, Rosalinda Morales, Geminiano Pineda, Sofia Riggen, Arturo Sampson / Music by – Dario Gonzalez Valderrama, Andrew Grush, The Newton Brothers / Cinematography by – Sean Coles, Patrick Murguia, Checco Varese / Editing by – Augustin Banchero, Lucas Cilintano, Joshua Morrisroe, Mario Sandoval / Art direction – Gustavo Chapa L. Corcuera, Nohemi Gonzalez, Claudio Ramirez Castelli / Running time: 105 mins.

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“Revolucion” by Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen (2010, Mexico)

A collection of ten short films by some of the most prominent minds in Mexican contemporary filmmakings, such as Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Rodrigo Garcia. Revolucion aims to depict numerous aspects of what it means to be mexicans and particularly focuses on the titular theme – revolution in a political but mostly ethical sense. Nevertheless, it is also certainly true that as in most cases with compilation films, revolucion is made of segments that are inevitably better than others.

Bernal’s “Lucio,” which deals with religion through a young boy’s ‘controversial’ rejection of such fickle ideals, is certainly among the most rewarding surprises. Amat Escalante’s’s “The Hanging Priest” is also quite good, with its almost surrealist touch that greatly affects the message of its narrative, as a Priest and two kids, who are seemingly married, thread Mexico’s desertic settings.

In the end, however, this dispairity in quality of the film lessens the collective message the Revolucion is supposed to carry and make the vision seem ambitious but lacking in focus. – 3/5

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