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Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

Midnight Family

2019, Luke Lorentzen, Mexico, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 17th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Jan 21st 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 22nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 23rd 8:15pm

“Profound and thrilling cinema verité filmmaking…extremely visceral in the best ways.”—Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Compelling…blends the engaging family dynamic of a Kore-eda drama with the socio-economic realities of a Ken Loach classic.”—Allan Hunter, Screen International

Emergency healthcare provided at breakneck speed and with the precarious action-packed outcome of a video game is the astonishing subject of this documentary set in the late-night streets of Mexico City, where ambulance service is largely left to the self-taught ministrations of wildcat EMT crews. The Ochoa family business is a private ambulance operated with gutsy determination but iffy compensation by dad Fernando, his two sons, and a family friend. Director Lorentzen’s camera captures the urgency and the drama of a life spent in the margins where other lives hang in the balance. Seventeen-year-old Juan emerges as the backbone of the family and the film’s level-headed hero, careening through the streets to beat competitors to accident sites and efficiently aiding victims of everything from traffic collisions to a beating by an abusive boyfriend. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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