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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.17.18] Mexico drama dystopic

Premiering as part of the Director's Fortnight at this year's Cannes festival, Julio Hernandez Cordon's Buy Me a Gun is set in a dystopic Mexico, in a city largely devoid of women and children where cartels control everything; not a far stretch of the imagination.

The movie centers on Huck, a young girl who wears a mask to hide her gender and provide some minor protection from the roving cartels. She spends her days helping her dad, a drug addict, who watches over an abandoned baseball field where kids gather to play. With the help of her friends, the "Lost Boys," Huck fights back to defeat the local capo.

Though the tale of children fighting back isn't new, and the film appears to make some not-so-subtle updates to childhood classics, notably "Peter Pan," what intrigued me about it beyond the dystopic setting is the cinematography which feels kinetic, likely a result of cinematographer Nicolas Wong's experience working in both feature and documentary film; the setting feels both familiar and foreign.

Look for Buy Me a Gun making the festival rounds in the coming months.

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