I Promise You Anarchy (Te Prometo Anarquía), 2015
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I Promise You Anarchy (Spanish - Te Prometo Anarquía) is a Mexican drama film, directed and written by Julio Hernández Cordón. The film follows two best friends and lovers who are also "business" partners, the two suffer a major blow to their business which threatens their friendship.
Where do I begin with this film, I mean it's definitely layered, on the surface it's a movie about two friends/lovers Miguel and Johnny who run a "blood" ring but beneath all of that the film explores the growing sexual relationship between two men and the somewhat deterioration of their friendship on the same hand and also there's this look into the contemporary skating world of Mexico City.
Every time Miguel and Johnny seem to have sex, their friendship somehow deteriorates, the first time was in the first act and Miguel's jealousy gets the best of him as he steals and throws away Adri's clothes who happens to be Johnny's girlfriend. The second time is at the end of the second act, this time Johnny betrays Miguel and runs away, even then throughout the third act Miguel still wants to be with Johnny but with everything that has happened it's unlikely.
The first and part of the second half of the film has this documentary feel to it with it's realism and the pacing, how we're pulled slowly into the world of Miguel and Johnny and the rules they play by, the last act is heart breaking personally for me as the film finally realizes that at the end of it all it's a love story.
An ending that will have thinking about this movie for a while. The final moments we see Miguel in his new life without Johnny and as he goes about his life, Johnny seems to blend into Miguel's world but there's this overwhelming sense of loneliness.
The film is not for everyone as the pacing might bore the average view so you have to commit but once you're in, you're in. The realism of the story drew me but what also got me where the main character, one can't help but feel like the only reason Miguel does any of the illegal "blood" ring things is because of Johnny and not money, he really does love Johnny. Johnny on the other hand is a perfect example of how poverty and need can result in depersonalisation which lead into people doing things they otherwise wouldn’t do.
With all that said, I Promise You Anarchy would be a perfect film but due to it's pacing (I love a good evenly paced film) and how things really got fun for me in the third act, it being an almost perfect film will do. I do highly recommend this film to cinema lovers and some earlier works of Julio Hernández Cordón.
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