Police corruption, drug trafficking, sexual exploitation, love, guilt and revenge.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 27, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2013
  • Label: Strand Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Behind-the-scenes documentary (45 minutes)
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Other Strand Releasing trailers
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
    • Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 752
Unmistakably, an angry film, an indictment of circumstances that seem to force a choice between impotence and homicide. Full Review
New York Times
Jun 12, 2014
Rating: 1.5/4 -- An average newspaper reporter can do a more artful, compassionate job with a drug-war story than this movie does. Full Review
New York Post
Jun 11, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- All the parts are played by non-professional actors, except for Ramon Alvarez, and Escalante gets powerful performances from them. Full Review
Dog and Wolf
Jun 6, 2019
Rating: B -- ...maybe Heli contains few layers beyond its central political outcry, but then, maybe it doesn't need to. Full Review
Movie Mezzanine
Aug 9, 2014
[A] grisly and lurid slice-of-life drama....This also, unmistakably, an angry film, an indictment of circumstances that seem to force a choice between impotence and homicide.
New York Times
Jun 12, 2014
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire. Full Review
Arizona Republic
Jul 10, 2014
Rating: 5.3/10 -- It's too hopeless and overdone to generate anything more than a shrug. Full Review
Way Too Indie
Jun 18, 2019

Product Description:

A young Mexican girl's dreams of marrying a handsome police cadet are dashed as she and her family contend with drug-related gang violence in this gritty drama that won Amat Escalante the Best Director award at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival. As his beloved wife makes a slow recovery following a problematic birth, small-town factory worker Heli (Armando Espitia) strives to support his family working long shifts at the same plant where his father works. Meanwhile, Heli's naïve, 12-year-old sister Estela (Andrea Vergara) has started to fall for older police cadet Beto (Juan Eduardo Palacios), who is frequently singled out for harassment by his brutal superiors. Smitten, Estela allows Beto to stash some drugs on the family's property, a mistake that soon threatens to bring one of Mexico's most dangerous narcotics gangs directly to their doorstep.


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