Belgian-Romanian documentarian Teodora Ana Mihai turns the true story of Mexican mother Miriam Rodriguez into a powerful feature debut with LA CIVIL, a gripping tale of a mother in search of her daughter who has been abducted by a criminal cartel in northern Mexico. When Cielo's (Arcelia Ramírez, I CARRY YOU WITH ME) teenage daughter Laura is kidnapped on her way to meet a friend, the panicked mother at first tries to meet the demands of the gang members sent to request the ransom. But it's soon clear that she's fighting a losing battle with men who have no intention of returning her daughter. After the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo decides to take matters into her own hands, collaborating with Lamarque (Jorge A. Jimenez, HERMOSO SILENCIO, NARCOS) an army lieutenant who agrees to assist her — off the record — in exchange for information that will aid him in taking down a local cartel. As Cielo makes the transition from housewife into avenging informant, Mihai crafts a gripping thriller about a culture of mistrust in which everyone becomes complicit in a never-ending cycle of violence, intimidation and revenge. Winner, Prize of Courage – Un Certain Regard, 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Official Selection, 2021 Melbourne Film Festival. DIR/SCR Teodora Ana Mihai; SCR Habacuc Antonio De Rosario; PROD Hans Everaert. Mexico/Romania/Belgium, 2021, color, 135 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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