Latin@ Experience • Border Studies • Film Studies
2013. Director Rodrigo Reyes, Inti Cordera.
52 Minutes. In English & Spanish with English & Spanish Subtitles.
Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place
comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camerastylo, PURGATORIO ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.