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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.

Director:

Amat Escalante

Writers:

Gabriel Reyes (screenplay), Amat Escalante (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armando Espitia ... Heli
Andrea Vergara ... Estela
Linda González Linda González ... Sabrina
Juan Eduardo Palacios Juan Eduardo Palacios ... Beto
Reina Torres Reina Torres ... Detective Maribel
Ramón Álvarez Ramón Álvarez ... Evaristo
Gabriel Reyes Gabriel Reyes ... Detective Omar
Felix Alberto Pegueros Herrera Felix Alberto Pegueros Herrera ... Comandate (as Félix Alberto Pegueros Herrera)
Kenny Johnston ... Asesor Extranjero
Laura Saldaña Quintero Laura Saldaña Quintero ... Rosalinda
Agustín Salazar Hernández Agustín Salazar Hernández ... Bebé Santiago
Juan Pablo Nieves Dominguez Juan Pablo Nieves Dominguez ... Chuchin
Jaime Osvaldo Chía Palacios Jaime Osvaldo Chía Palacios ... Maruchan
Virgilio López Macías Virgilio López Macías ... El Guayo
Eduardo Rene Salazar Güereca 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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Country:

Mexico | Netherlands | Germany | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 2013 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Ели See more »

Filming Locations:

Calderones, Guanajuato, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Mexico to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

Connections

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

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Tema Oscuro
Written by Gabriel Reyes
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A bleak and deeply disturbing masterpiece
3 September 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Amat Escalante won the Best Director prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and it's easy to see why. "Heli" is an absolutely brilliant and utterly uncompromising study of crime and poverty filmed with a documentary-like precision that makes its scenes of violence virtually unwatchable, (including a scene where a boy's genitals are set on fire). At its core are several extraordinary performances by a young cast who inhabit their roles so completely it's impossible to tell where the actor ends and the character begins. Heli is an 'outlaw' not in any criminal sense, (he is totally innocent), but in the sense that he exists outside the fringes of society and is sucked into a criminal underworld by circumstances totally outside his control, (his young sister's boyfriend has hidden drugs stolen from a drugs cartel inside Heli's home). This is humanist cinema but set in a place almost devoid of humanity. It's frightening, bleak and deeply disturbing but also essential viewing. A masterpiece


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