Kings of NowhereHD
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About the Movie
Betzabé Garcia’s hauntingly beautiful documentary, nominated for the “Best Debut Film” Cinema Eye Award, follows three families living in San Marcos, a Mexican ghost town partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Pani and Paula do not want to close their tortillería and spend their spare time rescuing the town from ruins; Miro and his parents dream of leaving but can't; Yoya and Jaimito live in fear but have everything they need.
If you're thinking about renting this, don't.
Seeing this documentary is like watching unedited b-roll for nearly an hour and a half. There's hardly any dialog in it, and the conversations recorded are hardly substantial. A few characters are briefly illuminated in this overlong film. If you've seen the trailer or read anything about this, you've seen enough. If you do rent this, I recommend fast-forwarding as soon as you get the itch. There are beautiful shots (many would be better photos) ruined by lingering too long. The storytelling doesn't deliver.