Part potent social drama, part tentacular science-fiction enigma, Amat Escalante’s idiosyncratic film is as difficult to categorise as it is to describe. The film opens in the opaque Mexican lowlands. Veronica is a dispossessed young woman with a curious addiction. When an injury leads her to the local hospital, she encounters Fabian, a nurse who carries with him a big secret. Meanwhile Fabian’s sister Alejandra is facing her own crisis. Could Veronica offer the pair an unorthodox escape from their problems?
Amat Escalante's followup to his acclaimed crime drama Heli is an extraordinary, boundary-pushing work that fuses elements of sci-fi and horror with vivid social realism, while thematically addressing issues around sexuality and addiction. It's a mind-blowing mix that's a must for seekers of cinema’s more transgressive pleasures.
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Comedy 2018 81 mins Director: Guto Parente
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Science Fiction 2019 102 mins Director: Justin Benson
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Horror 2019 81 mins Director: Rose Glass
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Thriller 2018 111 mins Director: Lenny Abrahamson
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Horror 2020 66 mins Director: Rob Savage
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Romance 2017 142 mins Director: Nicholas Colia
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Thriller 2016 82 mins Director: Eadward Stocks
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Drama 2019 140 mins Director: Karim Aïnouz
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Documentary 2021 81 mins Director: Sue Carpenter
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Drama 2016 95 mins Director: Mitra Tabrizian
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