Veteran Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein is behind numerous classics such as “The Castle of Purity, ” “The Place Without Limits,” or “Depp Crimson,” and despite being in his seventies, the prolific artist continues to take risks, as is the case with his latest tragicomedy “Bleak Street.” His close relationship with Spanish master Luis Buñuel is evident in the film both thematically and stylistically, yet it’s propelled by Ripstein’s singular affinity for finding Mexico City’s dark corners and the characters that inhabit them.
The filmmaker’s son, Gabriel Ripstein, is now also a director and producer whose debut feature “600 Miles” represented Mexico in the Best Foreign Language Film race at this year’s Academy Awards and which will be released in the U.S. by Pantelion later this year.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
In the early morning hours, two elderly prostitutes go back to their hovels. They are not tired
from working; they are tired of not working. One has problems at home with her teenage
daughter and cross dressing husband. The other lives with her invalid mother and loneliness.
But that night, they have a date to celebrate the victory in the ring of two wrestlers, twin
midgets wearing masks. At the hourly hotel, in order to rob the tiny men of their earnings, they
drug them with eye drops. But the dose proves fatal. They murder them unintentionally. Scared
and confused, they decide to hide from the police and run away together to live, as they
always have, on Bleak Street.
You can watch the trailer below