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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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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,872
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Theme from Heli
Written by Lasse Marhaug
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Wonderfully acted, but without so much to say
30 November 2014 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'Heli' begins as a touch portrait of the life of a Mexican family; but turns into something darker when they fall into the path of a murderous gang of drug dealers. The film's third section charts what happens afterwards, and is arguably the least satisfactory portion of the movie: it's not that the film is unconvincing, but it's unclear what is added beyond what one might have expected. The ambiguous mood of the ending is arguably a sign of failure rather than success: of a film uncertain of its own point. What is good, on the other hand, is the warm and naturalistic acting, and a believable portrait of everyday dreams and their ending.


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