Bleak Street

Bleak Street

Bleak Street

Alleys in the slums of Mexico City provide the backdrop to this film featuring prostitutes, masked wrestling midgets, cross-dressing husbands, theft and murder. A true story from Bleak Street, told in eerie black and white by Mexican maestro Arturo Ripstein.

"Echoing his early mentor Luis Buñuel, Ripstein bestows compassion upon all his characters equally while eschewing sentimentality. But this in no way curbs his penchant for black comedy, which unfurls in details such as the wrestlers' refusal to remove their masks under any circumstances. With its spellbinding long-take, black-and-white imagery, and naturalistic performances, Bleak Street guides us through a gloomy labyrinth of desperation and desire — and winds up being one of the finest works of Ripstein's career." (Toronto International Film Festival)

201599 minsMexico, SpainSpanish with English subtitles
CrimeDramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Certain images...leave lasting impressions, though Garciadiego’s script doesn’t seem to do enough with the story, other than laying it out in linear order for Ripstein to film.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What does impress is the gorgeously crisp black-and-white cinematography, which deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Variety

Variety

press

Certain images...leave lasting impressions, though Garciadiego’s script doesn’t seem to do enough with the story, other than laying it out in linear order for Ripstein to film.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What does impress is the gorgeously crisp black-and-white cinematography, which deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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