Grey Matter

Fresh characters and intricate performances hold the show together in its first season-but they surely won't last.

By Leo Charney
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Reportedly made in nine days on a shoestring budget in Mexico City, Sin Destino offers a relentlessly downbeat and not hugely original story. It's distinguished by its stark and grainy visual style, shot in 16 mm black-and-white by Jorge Rubio Casar�n, which gives it a pulsing authenticity to match its semi-improvised scenes. Director Leopoldo Laborde cast actual street kids, who spoke their own dialogue, and threw them in with Mexican screen legend Roberto Cobo as the old pedophile, in one of his last performances.

The movie deliberately updates Los Olvidados, Luis Bu�uel's 1950 classic about Mexico City street kids. More melodramatic than its ancestor, the film still creates a memorable atmosphere of corruption and decay. Made in 2002 but little seen since then, it's a perfect international cinema find on DVD. B+

Includes: Commentary track, featurettes, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage.
You'll Like It If You Like: Los Olvidados, coming-of-age stories, street life/teen hustler dramas, Latin American cinema.


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