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Prayers for the Stolen(Noche de fuego)

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Mexico, Germany, Brazil
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2021

1h 50m

Director Tatiana Huezo
Starring Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Olivia Lagunas, Teresa Sánchez
Genre Drama
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Ana and her two best friends, Maria and Paula,come of age in a small and war-torn rural town in Mexico that is ravaged by the conflict between the drug cartels and the government, where young women and girls are often the most at risk of coming under the cartel's wrath.

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70

The New York Times by Beatrice Loayza

The film swings back and forth from scenes of pastoral bliss to brutality, generating a narrative that, while unfocused, is nevertheless anchored by the tender and wounded performances by its adolescent cast.
100

The Playlist by Carlos Aguilar

"Prayers” stands as a continuation of [Huezo’s] brilliance and expands it to a storytelling format with distinct tools for engagement, yet the impact is just as searing. Huezo’s ardor for humanistic examination loses no fire in this metamorphosis.
90

Variety by Jessica Kiang

The film may be called “Prayers for the Stolen,” but it is much more a heartbroken lament for the circuits that are broken when the stealing happens, and for the spaces the stolen leave behind.
75

Slant Magazine by Keith Watson

There’s a haunting beauty to Tatiana Huezo’s depiction of the gradual cross-contamination of childhood innocence and criminal aggression.
75

RogerEbert.com by Sheila O'Malley

Of all of the things Tatiana Huezo captures in Prayers for the Stolen, her first narrative feature, the terror of the night is most unnerving.
75

IndieWire by Susannah Gruder

Told through the lens of three girls as they grow up in a rural town in the Guerrero mountains, Huezo’s film is a murky, mesmerizing look at what it feels like to come of age in a place where young women have a target on their backs, and where the adults are as powerless as the children.
80

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Huezo’s picture, which is loosely adapted from a novel by Jennifer Climent, is distinctive in its child’s-eye-view of this most abnormal of normalities.

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