The Citrillo's Turns | Chicago Reader

The Citrillo's Turns

In 1903 in a Mexico City bar three soldiers drink pulque while telling mostly erotic stories. They get drunk. Then they drink more pulque. Felipe Cazals's 2005 essay on inebriated south-of-the-border storytelling may not be to every taste, but the men's moral decay—they murder civilians for a few coins—is palpable in the tight close-ups of their rough faces. The sergeant acts as dictator to the private, there's an implied political point about self-serving nihilism in prerevolutionary Mexico, and the magic-realist finale includes a strange view of the afterlife. In Spanish with subtitles. 97 min.

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