It was 7:19 am when Mexico City was hit by the most devastating earthquake in the history of that country. In "7:19", a handful of survivors from different social classes try to stay alive while they wait to be rescued.
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Martin and Fernando are at the reception of the building where they work. Suddenly, an earthquake buries them under seven floors of concrete and twisted metal. It is 7:19 am September 19, 1985. Martin and Fernando will have to reconcile all their differences in order to survive together; Now, more than ever, they have to tear down the borders between them.
A claustrophobic thriller with some keys to understand 21st century Mexico
This surprising film recreates the moment of rupture that gives birth to modern Mexico: the 1985 earthquake.
"7:19" has two distinct depths: on the surface, the intimate experience of the victims of the tragedy; and in a deeper layer, a portrait of the inequality that defines the country until this day.
The earthquake that devastated Mexico City in 1985 becomes an allegory: it is corruption what causes more deaths than any catastrophe; and, when corruption it's so heavy and oppressive, all citizens come to suffer the consequences, eventually.
People of Mexican heritage, and anyone with basic knowledge of modern Mexico's history, will find additional readings of the film.
A viewer without any of the context will be able to enjoy a thoughtful, well acted, claustrophobic survival thriller.
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