Western | Chicago Reader

Western

92 minutes 2015

This gentle documentary focuses on the town of Eagle Pass, Texas, and its connections to Piedras Negras, Mexico, located across from Eagle Pass on the opposite bank of the Rio Grande. Directors (and brothers) Bill and Turner Ross portray their three subjects—the town's mayor, a cattle trader, and the trader's young daughter—by showing them go to concerts, talk on the phone, fly kites, or discuss business. Growing drug violence in Mexico gradually intrudes on the town, but the viewer learns of events as the characters do, through conversations, radio, and newspapers. No overarching message is enforced, which makes the violence and its effects seem all the more absurd. In its lack of obvious excitement the film suggests that the rhythms of daily living are worthy of consideration. In English and Spanish with subtitles. 92 min. —Fred Camper

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