The Hollywood Reporter dubbed this film an "uncommonly effective road movie." The task seems straightforward enough: Paint a yellow dividing line on a 200-kilometer stretch of highway between two towns in a remote desert (or perhaps desertified) area of northern Mexico, and do it in 15 days. The job is a godsend for the project's foreman, Antonio (called Toño), after years of self-imposed exile in menial, off-the-grid work. Played by the commanding Damián Alcázar, magnetic even in this down-and-out state, Toño plays the moral core to his crew of "formers" (circus manager, truck driver, and thief) and a young runaway. The ensemble cast of mostly veteran Mexican actors hits the believable note every time with humor that comes naturally and hard-won trust.
San Francisco: July 17 at The Roxie.