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A moving feature on the process of becoming a mule
on 10 March 2014
I have hesitated a bit between 3 and 4 stars on this one. The film is fine, the main part of the script is fine if the last third a bit weak but the character/background story building is I feel what really gets the film down.
There are two sides to the story:
- The process of becoming a mule (and the dreadful experiences one may go through in the process). I have never been a mule so I cannot vouch for the exactness of the description but it feels believable and achieves its goal of both disgusting us (as members of a society which makes this a possibility) and making us like the character.
- The life story of the main character, which is a really a bit of a cliche. I won't spoil the film by saying too much about it, but I cannot help feeling (yet, I have not checked) that this has been written by an US writer with an US point of view. Here the film, in my opinion is a lot weaker.
All in all, I do not discourage watching the film and I do not regret doing so myself; on top of it all, it is pretty cheap and as such definitely worth the money.