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The drug war endlessly rages in South America. The Americans do what they can to fight it there with ‘advisors’ haplessly trying to stem the flow to the US border, but military action over the decades in places like Columbia squeezing the product up the continent to bottleneck in Mexico, where the most violent war rages. Here different countries corrupt official’s and cartels battle for control and the Mexican people caught up in it all. The American politicians that sign the cheques to stem the flow are often blowing it up their nose. Only last month 43 student teachers disappeared in the sticks after a protesting about the drug war, the police and drug cartels number one suspects. Drug crime is insidious across the country with its tentacles reaching into every part of Mexican life. There are 26,000 disappeared buried in Mexico. It’s believed 120,000 have died since 2006. Heli’s story is no different, a grim and visceral movie about a young family pulled into the mire.
Heli (Armando Espitia), wife Sabrina (Linda González) and baby son Santiago live with Heli’s father Evaristo (Ramón Álvarez) and Heli’s little sister Estela (Andrea Vergara). 13-year-old Estela has a much older boyfriend, 17-year-old Beto (Juan Eduardo Palacios), a cadet being bullied on National Service. Heli has a job at the local car factory where his dad works and the wife studying hard for college.
Beto has a sideline, using Estela’s family home to hide cocaine in the water tank. Heli finds the drugs when trying to fix the shower and dumps them far away in disgust. Later that day the cops bust in looking for the drugs, Evaristo shot dead as he tries to defend himself. Heli and Estela and a badly beaten Beto are taken for a ride by the policia to find the drugs. When it’s confirmed Heli has destroyed them they are taken to a local cartel by the corrupt cops, where they are split up and terrible things happen to them. The drugs are gone and destroyed but someone has to pay in this sadistic world.
The critics loved this grim and oppressive movie. The good people that work hard that can save the country are simply being overwhelmed by evil. But this is the reality of Mexico today and so need for hyperbole. Director Amat Escalante won Best Director at Cannes and nominated for the 2013 Palm de Or for expressing that maleficent, no doubt getting one of those insufferable 10-minute standing ovations.
It’s a tough watch but completely believable. It involves one of the most gruesome and cringing torture scenes you will ever see in a movie involving a cricket bat and some lighter fuel, especially for muchachos. The acting is very real and convincing and the cast really throw themselves into a tough movie, underage dating another taboo your senses are assaulted with. The cast see these things happen every day and so clearly know how to present them on screen.
BBC is renowned not only in the UK, but all over the world. I am happy with the channels in the UK, but it's disappointing that there are separate channels provided internationally that we cannot receive over here.
BBC Prime is now outmoded, being phased out by a bouquet consisting of BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and the international version of BBC HD. I understand these are repeats of what has already been shown in the UK, but the schedules are still different to UK channels and would be a great addition to digital TV platforms in this country.
The only reason that the BBC Worldwide channels are not available in the UK is that they feature advertising and it is illegal for the BBC to show channels with advertising in the UK. This is an old-fashioned law and I don't see why we couldn't get BBC UK licence-fee channels and BBC Worldwide advertisement-sponsored channels separate of one another.
BBC PRIME is an advertising channel from the BBC. I came across BBC PRIME while I was in Paris, the channel is now available in the United Kingdom because it’s a commercial channel from the BBC. As it says in the name BBC PRIME shows the prime programmes from the BBC in Britain. BBC PRIME is for British travellers and International audiences, it shows all the latest BBC programmes from BBC ONE and BBC TWO. It also shows some old programmes. When you are abroad you usually find many German channels and no English channels, so it’s a great relief that there is one English Channel you can watch abroad. The programmes are the normal programmes you could find on the main BBC channels, like “Castaway 2000” and they’re all on one channel. BBC PRIME is available usually in hotels abroad. It just a simple channel to keep up with BBC programmes abroad. There is also news available on the channel from BBC WORLD, another commercial channel from the BBC.