Bleak Street (La Calle de la Amargura, 2015)

US Kino Lorber 2017 DVD edition


Text below written 2019-11-23



Downbeat crime-drama, visually stylish noir in black & white about 2 sad and much too worn and old prostitutes.

It's so miserable and bleak it could also be a pitch-black comedy ? I don't know but Arturo is as fascinating as always. Artmovie alert.
Supposedly this film is based on a famous Méxican crime case and foremost this film is ... as the sleeve says ... A Visionary Triumph
as the black & white photo of shady back alleys of México City reaches almost German 1920's expressionistic heights, a dreamlike
vision of a BLEAK hell, with no good things coming to the elderly street-worn duo.

Dora (Nora Velásquez) and Adela (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) are 2 eldery and bitter México City prostitutes that has become friends
walking the streets and they constantly talk about their miseries. Dora, living with her teenage daughter Jezebel and transvestite
magician husband (who steal the few clothes she own) and Adela, living with a handicapped old woman who she uses for begging
on the street. Misery and even more misery.

In a parallell story we get to know 2 twin brother luchador dwarfs, 2 wrestlers with artistic names Little AK47 and Little Death, who
after getting well payed for their latest wrestling gala decides to take 2 prostitutes to a Hotel and have sex. The 2 are Dora and Adela
and they have other plans for the "rich" wrestlers, to give them knockout drops and rob them of their prize money.
But, things don't go well and soon the police are looking for "two messed up older ladies". An unusual crime movie this is for sure.

The US DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 and with a spanish audio 5.1 or 2.0 with english subtitles, b&w, R1

 

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