VIFF 2013 review: Heli
Small wonder director Amat Escalante took home Cannes’s best-director prize: it might be a blistering critique on police corruption, drug violence, and the hardships faced by an entire generation of young people, but Heli has the desolate beauty of the desert landscapes that surround it. A young girl takes up with an older boyfriend who stashes stolen drugs on her rooftop, hurling her working-class father, older brother, and sister-in-law into a seemingly inescapable nightmare. Brutal yet deeply humane. Unforgettable.
Playhouse, October 1 (4 p.m.); Rio, October 7 (9:30 p.m.)