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Heli (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 9 August 2013 (Mexico)
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:
... Heli
... 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)
... 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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Mexican director Amat Escalante is a success as his film 'shocks' anybody who watches it.
22 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Heli directed by Amat Escalante-a Mexican director,is gripping from the start.The first few minutes show a young albeit bulky boy being mercilessly hanged from a bridge.It is only in the later half that the same bridge makes it re-entry and events are explained.Heli avoids many clichés with which viewers have accustomed themselves.This film does not give any idle space to a serious viewer as whatever that is happening on the screen has direct bearing on film's protagonists' to progress in life.One should also note that two probable reasons explain why 'Heli' was an immense hit during 66th Cannes International Film Festival 2013.Its success owes a lot to its choice of location as well as its shock effects.One gets to see remote parts of Mexico where not much choice is offered to anybody who wishes to make sense of everything around.Although it does not talk explicitly,role of sex and violence in Mexican society is also discussed in this film.For example: pornographic violence featured in the film is not easy to watch but one cannot also have other methods of dealing with violence in contemporary Mexico.Lastly,it is the episodic nature of different events in the life of a young man which makes an attempt to make screenplay as coherent as possible.However,it is just a mystery why these episodes are unable to make a coherent whole of this film ? It is this weakness which would irk many viewers.


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