'Gueros' is a road movie in which the slacker travellers barely manage to leave town. It's 1999. Fede and Santos are currently striking against the strike which their fellow-students are organising at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. They are joined by younger brother Tomas who has brought a cassette containing the music of Epigmenio Cruz. They say his songs moved Bob Dylan to tears. When the trio learns that their idol is in hospital fading fast and alone, they set off in their rusty heap of a car to pay their last respects to this one-time rock star. What they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City's invisible frontiers.
Torn between despair and hope
- Gueros review by PR
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Güeros is a film of self-discovery with many tender moments , but mostly it is a shockingly honest depiction of the grim realities of Mexico City - the complex monster it really is behind the thin façade of flashy hotels and stunning modern architecture of the main boulevards. This picture simply HAD to be filmed in black and white in order to convey what people have to live through from day to day, and the various coping mechanisms they develop, from drug addiction and alcoholism to self-defeating student protests....and a (pointless?) search for a long past-it musical hero.
Absolutely excellent film even if, sadly, many of the nuances will be lost on people who have not lived in Mexico ( or another Latin American city), much in the way that Mike Leigh's films can only be truly appreciated if you have lived in England. But I entreat you to watch it anyway, it is an exceptional film with many layers of interest and acute character observations.