Gino’s review published on Letterboxd:
“the truth is cool but unattainable… the truth is totally amazing but you can never reach it.”
Three humans lead each other to the truth. Though Luisa initially came to Tenoch and Julio for guidance, who seem to have everything figured out (with their 11 rule manifesto), they all leave the trip being completely different people. Though the ending was heartbreaking, they get closer to the truth then they ever were.
I love how the cinematography made Mexico seem like its own character. The camera has a mind of its own, drifting off to the numerous shrines scattered among the roads, the protests occurring at the time, and the hardworking families just trying to stay alive. It's not just a story about these three people but the world that surrounds them. The class struggle, the freeing beaches, the long winding roads that seem to lead to nowhere but death. The amazing world building makes the movie feel a lot larger than it really is and the main characters smaller than they really are, as if they're just a small representation of what Mexico is. Just one out of the millions of stories that are happening at the same time.
The realism of it all was only made even realer with the great acting performances. It's one of those movies where you forget you're even watching a movie because you're just living in the moment with them. The narrator helps make it feel as if they've been living before the movie started and will continue to live on after it ends. We only see a small (but significant) part of their lives. Because they're so complex and genuine characters, anyone can pick up on something different from the movie. Whether it's about death, sexuality, class identity, friendships, or love; I really feel like everyone will leave the movie feeling different from each other. And I appreciate films that can do that.