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Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)2016

Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016)



Critic Consensus: Opulent and odd, Bleak Street isn't quite weird enough to work.

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In the early morning hours, two elderly prostitutes go back to their hovels. They are not tired from working; they are tired of not working. One has problems at home with her teenage daughter and cross dressing husband. The other lives with her invalid mother and loneliness. But that night, they have a date to celebrate the victory in the ring of two wrestlers, twin midgets wearing masks. At the hourly hotel, in order to rob the tiny men of their earnings, they drug them with eye drops. But the dose proves fatal. They murder them unintentionally. Scared and confused, they decide to hide from the police and run away together to live, as they always have, on Bleak Street.

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Silvia Pasquel
as Doña Epi
Paola Arroyo
as Azucena
Juan Longoria
as Little Death
Guillermo Lopez
as Little AK
Lety Gomez
as Older Woman
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Critic Reviews for Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

Ripstein has a careful, benign hand, free of caricature and sentimentality. His feat is in the storytelling; the stripped down version of the preposterous story reinforces its tragedy.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

While undeniably outrageous at times, Bleak Street also takes its protagonists and their plights seriously. Like many of Ripstein's previous films, there is real grit and dirt within his desaturated poverty-riddled scenarios.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Although the movie doesn't flinch at presenting a dark and unsavory portrait of a down-and-out slice of humanity, it also detects a glimmer of something more in the characters, nudging the story in the direction of tragedy.

March 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The true story that inspired it raises eyebrows, but those raised eyebrows are all the film provokes, as well. That just isn't enough.

January 21, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

"Come, let us have a drink," says one aging streetwalker to another, "and hate everything and everyone." If that sounds tempting, then Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein's latest will be right up your dimly lit, trash-strewn alley.

January 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[A] sense of surreality within a mode of social realism (the scenario, believe it or not, was actually inspired by true event) ... gives the movie its off-kilter power.

January 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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