Midnight Family / Luke Lorentzen

  • Country and year: USA / Mexico 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Director and writer: Luke Lorentzen
  • Producer(s): Kellen Quinn, Luke Lorentzen, Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes
  • Cinematographer: Luke Lorentzen
  • Music: Los Shajatos
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • With: Juan Ochoa, Fer Ochoa, Josué Ochoa, Manuel Hernández
  • Format: DCP

“Profound and thrilling cinema verite filmmaking”
– Nick Allen / RogerEbert.com

“A thrilling Ride”
– Christian Gallichio / The Playlist

“Riveting”
– Monica Castillo / The Wrap

“Very exciting, sad, yet extremely funny”
– Lorry Kikta / Film Threat

 

“Filmmaker Luke Lorentzen turns his cameras on the Ochoas, a family who takes advantage of Mexico City’s outsourcing of emergency healthcare needs to independent operators. So this outlaw father-and-sons outfit drives around the dodgy neighborhoods and tony suburbs after dark in their personal ambulance, picking up patients for profit and giving folks a second-hand look at the city’s economic disparity, corrupt authority figures and bureaucratic breakdown-in-progress. A deft mix of big-picture doc-making and intimate moments (the scene in which an abused woman asks for a hug is quietly heartbreaking), not to mention a wild — and remarkably eye-opening — ride.” – David Fear / Rolling Stone

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