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Days of Grace – review

26 July 2013 6:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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 »

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