Original Title: LOS HEREDEROS
Running Time: 75min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Competition
This arresting new film from Mexico is about the impunity of privilege—and a certain breakdown of the justice system.
The extraordinary, doe-eyed young actor Maximo Hallander plays Ricardo, nicknamed Coyo, a generally inconspicuous boy from an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Mexico City. His friends include Ruco, an arrogant young man whose father is involved in politics, and the far meeker Gerardo, who is more of a follower. The parents are barely around. The police are nowhere. The boys steal guns from their parents and play with them as if they are toys, holding up convenience stores and taquerías for kicks. But mindless mischief has a way of turning horrific, just as ostensible friends have a way of turning their backs on you as soon as trouble arises.
The Heirs chronicles a tragic loss of innocence. Created with improvisational techniques that give the film a vivid, viscerally alive texture, Jorge Hernandez imbues the film with grave moral concerns for the ways negligence, detachment and violence can bring childhood to a brutal premature end. The Heirs is simultaneously sobering and nerve-shattering. – Jaie Laplante
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Director: Jorge Hernandez
Producer: Michel Franco, Alex García
Screenwriter: Jorge Hernández Aldana, Gabriel Nuncio
Music: Diego Cevallos
Cinematographer: Chuy Chávez
Editor: Mariana Rodríguez, Jorge Hernández Aldana