Moral courage in a society which lacks a state monopoly on violence: this gripping kidnap thriller from Mexico portrays a mother who sets out to search for her daughter. Cielo’s daughter Laura is kidnapped. Despite the payment of several ransoms, the child is not returned. With no support from the local police, the mother starts following up clues in the swamp of universal suspicion. She meets Lamarque, a member of the military with unconventional methods who is prepared to help her in her quest. But the nearer Cielo gets to her daughter, the deeper she is dragged into the vortex of violence.
TEODORA ANA MIHAI (*1981) is a Romanian director, who first gained public attention through documentaries. La Civil is her debut feature and had its world premiere in the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2021.
Belgium, Mexico, Romania
OV with English subtitles
Teodora Ana Mihai
Teodora Ana Mihai, Habacuc Antonio De Rosario
Arcelia Ramirez, Alvaro Guerrero, Ayélen Muzo, Jorge A. Jimenez
Manuel Danoy, Federico González Jordán, Valérie Le Docte
Claudio Ramirez Castelli
Arcelia Ramírez, Alvaro Guerrero, Jorge A. Jimenez
Urban Distribution International
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Irène Cadavid, Urban Distribution International: firstname.lastname@example.org