600 Miles (2015): Gabriel Ripstein’s Mexcian Crime Drama

Directed by Gabriel Ripstein, the Mexican film 600 Miles premieres at the Panorama section of the 2015 Berlin Film Fest.

The tale centers on Arnulfo Rubio, a young Mexican who works with a gringo barely older than himself to smuggle weapons from Arizona to Mexico for a drug cartel.

The film follows him buying weapons, crossing borders and his almost familial encounters with middle-men and clients. What Arnulfo does not know is that he has been under surveillance by agent Hank Harris.

Harris is a member of US law enforcement organisation ATF, an agency notorious for its dubious methods when it comes to combating Mexican drug cartels.

One day Harris makes a fateful mistake; Arnulfo panics and decides to take the agent hostage and hand him over to his clients in Mexico.

During their long road trip from Arizona to Culiacan the two different men begin to devleop an awkward relationship.

When they arrive at their destination, a spiral of violence is unleashed and their fates become  intertwined.

It’s a hopeless situation for Arnulfo, which leads to an ambivalent emotional ending

Running time: 85 Minutes