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Under the Salt (2008)

Bajo la sal (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 17 October 2008 (Mexico)
A series of murders leads commander TRUJILLO to Santa Rosa de la Sal a town close to a salt mine, where he meets VÍCTOR ZEPEDA - a lonely teenager who works in his father funeral home and ... See full summary »


Mario Muñoz
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Humberto Zurita ... Comandante Trujillo
Plutarco Haza ... Prefecto Dominguez
Emilio Guerrero ... Jefe Salazar
Irene Azuela ... Isabel
Ricardo Polanco Ricardo Polanco ... Victor Zepeda
Moisés Arizmendi ... Cabo Montoya (as Moises Arizmendi)
Julio Bracho ... Prof. Magaña
Blanca Guerra ... Guadalupe Calva
Juan Carlos Barreto ... Sr. Zepeda
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Gaston Peterson Gaston Peterson ... (as Gastón Manuel Peterson)
Damayanti Quintanar ... Brenda


A series of murders leads commander TRUJILLO to Santa Rosa de la Sal a town close to a salt mine, where he meets VÍCTOR ZEPEDA - a lonely teenager who works in his father funeral home and spends his free time making crude animated horror films - who's strange behavior seems to point at him as the culprit of the crimes. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

O Mistério de La Sal See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The surfacing of a thriller
10 October 2008 | by diztortedSee all my reviews

Mexican cinema has never been known for its ventures into genre. Generally we are accustomed to the heavy socially oriented drama that reminds the rest of the world of the low capacities of this country. This was the old school, but it reigned for more than 5 decades. I am pleased to gather that this no longer reflects the present and the future of cinema in this country.

Bajo la sal, or Under the salt, is a compelling, if somewhat predictable slightly clichéd thriller that was premiered last night at the Morelia International Film Festival, and I had the pleasure to be at the red carpet. The director was there, along several actors and the screenwriter , they seemed quite surprised of the highly wide reception the film had with audiences.

Although the film is not without its problems, it worked. Humberto Zurita, a legend in Mexico, stars as a police detective who is now investigating a series of murders in a far town whose main trade is salt mines. The film explores the plots, lies and secrets a small town carries under its grass, a lá Blue Velvet.

One of the most interesting things about the movie are a set of dreamlike animations with dolls, that reflect the broken mind of the teenager who works at the funeral home. These set pieces will give something to talk about among moviegoers.

Overall, a nice effort, not the best thriller ever, perhaps in terms of Mexican cinema it is a milestone, but bot for the genre. Let us hope we are watching the first in a row of interesting, different and more daring Mexican cinema that is already at the door.

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