Midnight Family

Midnight Family

Midnight Family

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentary that follows a Mexican family as they run a private ambulance in an increasingly cutthroat industry.

"The Mexican capital is home to over nine million people and is serviced by just 45 government ambulances. The gap is filled by private, untrained paramedics, who race to accident scenes and scrabble for business. It’s a cut-throat environment, ethically problematic, and subject to much bribery and corruption. The Ochoa family are struggling to keep their ambulance on the road and make a living. Lacking medical skills and equipment but basically good-hearted (and always ready with a hug), the family are forced to negotiate fees with the sick, stressed and insolvent. " (Sydney Film Festival).

201981 minsMexicoSpanish with English subtitles
DocumentaryWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Luke Lorentzen ('New York Cuts')
Writer:
Luke Lorentzen

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Midnight Family / Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Following this family, Lorentzen fashions a documentary that serves as a wrenchingly intimate portrait of a country’s wide-reaching healthcare crisis.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The Ochoa family may charge high prices for their emergency services, but the money they reap mostly goes toward upkeep and expenses. By night, they save lives. By day, they’re just another low-income Mexico City family struggling to put food on the table and pay their electric bills.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Yet somehow Lorentzen shows that it is not the Ochoa family who are the bad guys, but the whole rotten system; and the private-ambulance cowboys are themselves desperate for cash, having to spend a good deal on bribing the cops.

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Variety

Variety

Portraits of institutional dysfunction don't come much more urgent, and quietly bleak, than this...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Profound and thrilling cinema verité filmmaking.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An intriguing perspective on health care in urban Mexico.

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