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Hurricane Season

By Jose Solis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Book-based Mexican drama with language, violence, drugs.

Movie NR 2023 99 minutes
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The quiet peace of an idyllic landscape is shocked into unspeakable horror when a group of teenagers discover the corpse of a local woman floating on a river. But in Hurricane Season, what starts off as a whodunit, quickly turns into a slow-burn tale of dreams shattered by corruption, intolerance, necessity, and violence. Through the different points of view and recollections of several characters (most of them youths trying to improve their lives), we eventually discover how the woman ended up in the river, but the twists and turns along the way are shattering.

Directed with an unshowy style by Elisa Miller, the film unfolds like a twisted crime thriller with a socially conscious eye, where every character's story is worthy of its own film. Kat Rigoni gives a subdued, endlessly moving performance as Norma, a young woman escaping a horrible past who falls into seemingly kind hands that soon reveal they want to take more than they'll give her. Edgar Treviño is fantastic as La Bruja, a trans woman who has commanded the locals' respect, and jealousy, by living her life in an open way, quite the contrast to townspeople who are constantly in fear their secrets will come out. Despite its bleakness, the film suggests that light and love can seep through the narrowest crevices, in spite of the raging storms coming ahead.

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