In the midst of the 1999 Mexico City student strike, an angst-ridden slacker embarks on a haphazard quest with his kid brother and a couple of friends to track down a legendary folk singer who once made Bob Dylan cry. Shot in lustrous black and white, director Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Mexican art-house movie Güeros has a playful, teasing spirit that will appeal to fans of French New Wave cinema and early Jim Jarmusch. The film’s meandering narrative and self-reflexive touches might annoy some viewers, but if it catches you in the right mood, you’ll find it utterly beguiling.
Certificate 15. Runtime 106 mins. Director Alonso Ruizpalacios
Güeros is available on DVD & Digital from New Wave.