A Trailer For Rodrigo Pla's LA ZONA

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Rodrigo Pla's fable of class warfare, La Zona, has been receiving warm reviews around the globe - I caught it myself when it played the Toronto International Film Festival - and a trailer has just arrived online to let you know why. The story of a slum dwelling youth trapped inside a gated and walled community - and hunted by its residents - after a robbery gone wrong isn't a flashy picture but it's a dead solid one that's well worth a look.

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My review here.
Trailer here.

Michael GuillenNovember 11, 2007 2:53 AM

Agreed. As I wrote about it for Greencine: Paranoia and suspense likewise pervade Rodrigo Plá's feature directing debut La Zona, which has already garnered acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. Experienced through the teenage sensibility of Alejandro (Daniel Tovar), his privileged life in a gated, guarded community is called into question when three young men from the abject ghetto of the surrounding city break over the wall into La Zona. What ensues is an examination of lives under constant surveillance in an atmosphere of fear and distrust and the rule of mob mentality. It's like Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" for the Mexican middle class with a touch of Invasion of the Body Snatchers thrown in to keep you running from your neighbors. Performances are solid and convincing all around with the welcome appearance of Maribel Verdú (last seen in Pan's Labyrinth) as Alejandro's mother Mariana.