The Civilian

Golden Lynx — Fiction

Teodora Mihai

140' // 06 Oct // 21h30



Cielo’s teenage daughter, Laura, is kidnapped in Northern Mexico. Despite paying several ransoms, Laura is not returned. When the authorities offer no support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands. She finds help from Lamarque, a military man with unconventional modus operandi, who agrees to assist her in her search – off the record – in exchange for information which she can provide as a local. Cielo’s collaboration with Lamarque will pull her into the spiral of violence that made her a victim in the first place.

The near state of civil war in Mexico is the backdrop for this intense thriller with a femine touch, that is bound to challenge our perception of the genre, the country and the impact of the endemic violence in the comom civilian population. The film took the Un Certain Regard at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival by storm, where it won the Prize of Courage award, much thanks to Arcelia Ramírez intimate and impressive performance as Cielo, and a tight and thoughtful direction by newcomer Teodora Mihai. Truly only of the obligatory films of 2021. 



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