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When the football World Cup is on, Mexico's criminals and cops suspend hostilities – ordinarily
Violence, nihilism and despair are the keynotes of Everardo Gout's brutal Mexican thriller. The title refers to that unofficial grace period that operates in football-crazy Mexico during the World Cup, when both the bad guys and the cops take time off, being simply too glued to the TV coverage to ply their respective trades. The action flashes headspinningly backwards and forwards in Mexico City between three World Cups during the last decade, 2002, 2006 and 2010 – sometimes, uncomfortably, the football commentator has to keep saying what year it is – and the storylines unfold in parallel.
Tenoch Huerta plays Lupe, a tough if somewhat fanatical young cop who is not afraid to use his firearm to tackle the bad guys or indeed terrify errant youngsters into sticking to the straight and narrow path of law-abiding righteousness. He attracts the »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ Nominated for the Caméra d'Or prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Everardo Valerio Gout's multi-layered Mexican crime drama Days of Grace (Días de gracia) makes its way onto selected UK screens this week after a spell in distribution purgatory. Stylishly shot on location in Mexico City over the course of three subsequent FIFA World Cups, the film follows a central triumvirate of morally ambiguous individuals, each desperately trying to survive on the mean streets of this hostile concrete jungle. Gout's feature debut may owe several debts to the Elite Squad series, but also carries the bite to match its bark.
Days of Grace begins - as is so often the case with films of this ilk, at its finale - with three figures caught in a stand-off as a menacing dog slavers away in the background. We then jump back to 2002, where cop Lupe is 'shaking town' two young boys suspected of peddling cocaine. »
- CineVue UK
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