SUNDOWN

Director: Michel Franco
Mexico | 2021 | Englishg & Spanish with English subtitles | 81 min

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Neil and Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family’s tight-knit order, simmering tensions rise to the fore in this suspenseful jolt from writer/director Michel Franco.

Neil y Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) son el núcleo de una familia adinerada de vacaciones en México con los miembros más jóvenes Colin y Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) hasta que una emergencia distante interrumpe su viaje. Cuando un pariente interrumpe el estricto orden de la familia, las tensiones latentes salen a la luz en esta cinta de suspenso del escritor y director Michel Franco.

It is not a coincidence that Sundown takes place in Acapulco. It is shocking for me to witness the city where I spent childhood vacations turn to an epicenter of violence. Sundown springs from a necessity to explore a place that seems increasingly distant and foreign. This exploration of all perspectives present in Acapulco is also a character study, and a study of family dynamics. The sun occupies a primordial place; it hits always aggressively and directly. The image imperatively has to reflect two things: The characters’s emotional states and the violence prevalent in their surroundings. Michel Franco