|Our Lady Of The Assassins|
German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros
Widescreen; Spanish, English audio tracks; English subtitles.
|He began his career in his native France and has shot high-profile films in the U.S., but director Barbet Schroeder ("Reversal of Fortune") traveled to the incendiary locale of Medillin, Colombia, epicenter of the South American cocaine trade, for his latest feature. The result is a combustible mix of doomed romance and wanton violence, as horrific and impossible to ignore as a car accident in the next intersection. Aging, worldly writer Fernando (German Jaramillo), a refined gay man with a predilection for young boys, returns to his native Medillin. In short order, he connects with Alexis (Anderson Ballesteros), an innocent-looking, gun-happy kid from one of the street gangs whose members squabble and kill each other while the drug lords who rule over them get wealthy. The prevalence of murder becomes a matter-of-fact aspect of the affair between Fernando and Alexis, and they become increasingly numb to death's inevitability. Intrepid, cogent cinema, with a hint of gallows humor.|