Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Latin America

Review: “A Fantastic Woman” earns its Best Foreign Film nomination

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A Fantastic Woman, Chile's entry for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, is a beautiful and heartbreaking drama about a trans woman dealing with the...

Review: From Afar (Venezuela, 2016)

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An unlikely Venezuelan piece that offers an artistic, brooding taste of award-friendly cinema.

Review: Elite Squad (Brazil, 2007)

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Before playing infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar on Netflix’s Narcos, Brazilian actor Wagner Moura made a name for himself by starring in an opposite...

Review: The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico, 2014)

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Now available to international audiences on Netflix, The Perfect Dictatorship is Mexican director Luis Estrada’s latest satire on his country’s politics. The film’s title comes...

Review: The Second Mother (Brazil, 2015)

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One of the most deservedly acclaimed films to come out of Brazil in the past year is The Second Mother, which centers around a live-in...

Review: El Infierno (Mexico, 2010)

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In El Infierno, Mexican director Luis Estrada offers a pitch-black critique of his own homeland.

Review: The Liberator (Venezuela, 2014)

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The Liberator is a Venezuelan biopic about South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar that is packed with both action and reminders of how Bolivar continues to...

Sex, drugs, and Mexican history in “Y Tu Mamá También”

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What do you think of when you hear “sex”, “drugs”, and “Mexico” in the same sentence? Let me guess: human trafficking and drug lords. English-language...

Review: Wild Tales (Argentina, 2014)

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Argentina's shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar packs six standalone shorts with themes of revenge and fantasy -- one short eerily...

Review: La Salada (Argentina, 2014)

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La Salada is a multicultural feast from Argentina, a film which mixes Korean, Mandarin, Quechua, and Spanish in a novel take on the immigrant experience.