I Promise You Anarchy (2015)

 For a lot of people, I Promise You Anarchy will be a bit of chore. Unless you’re will to fully commit, it’ll be difficult to escape the sensation that not a lot is happening fairly slowly. The film has a somewhat documentary quality, mixed with moments of heightened reality. It means the film takes its time, and has sections where it’s not always 100% clear how they fit into the whole. However, under the surface there are some interesting things happening, especially when the film explores the deepening feelings between the men – indeed, the movie anchors itself as a love story – and what those feelings are based on. 

Average Rating: 6,8/10
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Release Date: 26 August 2016 (Mexico)
Duration: 1h 28min
Genre: Drama
Director: Julio Hernández Cordón
Writer: Julio Hernández Cordón
Stars: Diego Calva Hernández, Eduardo Eliseo Martinez, Shvasti Calderón
   At its heart, a love story between two lost boys, I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY manages to be at once chilling and heart-rending. Miguel, from a middle-class family, and Johnny, from a humble barrio, are skateboarders, are best friends and lovers. To finance their lifestyle, they sell their own blood, and those of their gang of skateboarders and acquaintances, to clandestine clinics, until a big delivery job for the mafia goes wrong. Echoing the laid back eroticism of Gus Van Sant at his most playful, with shades of a modern-day neo-noir, this visually arresting film is a sumptuous and occasionally chilling journey into the illicit underbelly of Mexico’s capital.