“Prayers for the Stolen” Review: Incredible Drama to Grow in a Cartel-Owned Mexico City

Anna (Anna Cristina Ordones Gonzalez) and her mother Rita (Myra Batala). To dig a shallow hole with their bare hands, and Anna lies down in it to see if it fits. Anna will hide here if someone picks her up.

They live in San Miguel, Jalisco, in a meadow near a mountain that occasionally sways from mine explosions. It seems they all worked in the mines or worked as Rita in the fields.

Where they cut and milked poppies from their sap. Which probably made into heroin. From time to time, they could hear their helicopter blades in the distance. And everyone rushed in – raining what the locals call “poison”, probably a poisonous pesticide.

Eight-year-old Anna and her mother live in poverty:

Stone wall with swing roof and cement floor; He lay on the bed and saw a vast scorpion crawling along the wall. They called Anna’s father, who went to find a job and get his money back, but he didn’t answer again. There’s a hill nearby where locals hang out on their phones.

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As this is probably the only place you get the welcome you deserve. Anna goes to a school where the teachers deal with rough drawings and lively lectures instead of textbooks, an expensive luxury.

He is the best friend of Maria (Blanca Itzel Perez) and Paula (Camila Gaal) and possibly Juana. Who one day disappears, and all that’s left of him is his sandals in the mud and his dumped bicycle at home.

Anna and Paula’s mother took them to the living room in town. Where they wept while cutting their hair in a childish hairstyle. Rita says it’s because they have lice, but that’s a pretty blatant lie.

Maria is spared an unpleasant experience – she has a cleft lip. Which makes it an unlikely target for s*x traffickers in the cartel. It can take several years for doctors with military escorts to come to offer treatment and long-term care to residents. And 13-year-old Maria (Gisele Barrera Sanchez) has to undergo surgery to repair her palate.

Soon she also gets a haircut to match Anna (Maria Membreno) and Paula (Alejandra Camacho). They were in the salon with their mother when they were hiding under the table. When they heard the sound of the truck; the soldiers shrank as the cartels roared through the city.

By firing their machine guns into the air and showing their might. The girls rocked themselves on the abyss of innocence and maturity. They watched Maria’s brother at the rodeo, attended dances, hiked the forest. Now Anna even has a pet scorpion in a plastic soda bottle. But his free life feels like borrowed time.

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Huezo often keeps the camera still and focuses on its subject to illustrate:

Fear creeps silently into the frame like a deadly invisible gas. The calm and pleasant scenes of everyday life – much of the lives of children like Ava – unfold smoothly, sometimes with serene poetry.

Rita and the adults felt a swirling fear and looked tired. They bear the burden in the name of their daughter’s innocence which is disappearing quickly.

The emergence of girls’ s*xuality is like a curse. Hueso’s five-year narrative leap is bold, requiring the three lead roles to be selected twice. The six young actresses experience an impressive indifference to the camera. And an implicit understanding of their pursuit of director realism.

Prayers for the Stolen” is a suspenseful drama and a captivating adult story with authenticity and deep cinematography. Some scenes are just there for texture – people in the mine are covered in dust after the explosion. And shots carry dead butterflies across the forest floor. Others emphasize character development in subtle ways: teachers are often threatened by scenes.

Such as Leonardo (Memo Valegas) turned over a chair and invited Paula to sit on it; he approached, picked it up, and he said: “Many in this town are upside down. But Paula was brave enough to come and change something.

Anna is inspired by the moment and then demonstrates a surprising ability to shoot accurately when Maria Margarito’s brother (Julian Guzman Chiron), a cartel officer at the disciplinary level, allows her to test her 9mm. So there may be some hope at the heart of this story.

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Prayers for the Stolen” is a genuinely haunting and intense drama, staged and performed well. He has the quality of an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film.