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Heli (2013)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  9 August 2013 (Mexico)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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A Dark and Twisted Tale Set in Mexico with Beautiful Cinematography
12 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dark and twisted tale set in Mexico with beautiful cinematography. It might be very hard to watch for its long takes and some incredibly disturbing scenes.

"Heli" tells the tragic story of main character (Heli), a teenager, and his sister's boyfriend, a soldier, who gets Heli's family in trouble when he tries to steal some cocaine.

The movie was pretty slow for the first two acts, its up until the third act that the action starts. I did admire the technical aspects of it (the cinematography), but it wasn't really anything special as the critics are saying. It felt like they were trying to emulate what Carlos Reygadas does in his films, but I did get what they meant when they called it unflinching.

It was really heartbreaking to watch, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone for the brutal violence and animal cruelty it contains. I would've liked it a lot better if they would've hurried up with the story by editing a couple of scenes out, had the actors showed a little more emotion, or had the film made a more satiric approach like "El Infierno".

As I said, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, at least not to watch it in a movie theater, but if you're looking for an artsy, realistic crime story you might like it if you enjoyed movies similar to "Irreversible", "Traffic", "Despues de Lucia", "The Hunt", or "Amour".


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