Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

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Cast

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Heli
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Estela
Linda González ...
Sabrina
Juan Eduardo Palacios ...
Beto
Reina Torres ...
Detective Maribel
Ramón Álvarez ...
Evaristo
Gabriel Reyes ...
Detective Omar
Felix Alberto Pegueros Herrera ...
Comandate (as Félix Alberto Pegueros Herrera)
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Asesor Extranjero
Laura Saldaña Quintero ...
Rosalinda
Agustín Salazar Hernández ...
Bebé Santiago
Juan Pablo Nieves Dominguez ...
Chuchin
Jaime Osvaldo Chía Palacios ...
Maruchan
Virgilio López Macías ...
El Guayo
Eduardo Rene Salazar Güereca ...
El Morocho
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Heli, a factory worker in rural Mexico must try and protect his young family when his 12 year old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world when she agrees to look after some cocaine found by her older boyfriend. When the drug cartel want their drugs back they go after the boyfriend and Heli's young family. Written by Anonymous

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Official submission of Mexico to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Esclavo y amo
Written by José Vaca Flores
Performed by Los Pasteles Verdes
Vocals by Aldo Guibovich
© Copyright 1961 by Brambila Musical México, S.A. de C.V./Vander Music
Worldwide all rights reserved
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minimalism as solution
24 April 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a minimalistic film. a simple story. a dark moment. and the fall of an universe. all in right doses. all convincing, dramatic and impressive. the only problem - the generosity of theme who reduced Heli as a moral manifesto. after the lost of Estela, the rhythm seems be reduced for analysis of trauma. the key moment is only shadow for torture and corruption of police and the search of sense of young family. a story who seems be coherent becomes a sort of improvisation. the image is surrogate for acting. each scene from the last part seems be fight for invent purpose of the first part. a good film, off course. for message. for the bitter taste. for drama. for exploration of crisis. but far to be great.


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