Midnight Family

Midnight Family

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In Mexico City, a city with nine million people but only 45 government-operated ambulances, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other similar for-profit entrepreneurs for patients in need of urgent help.

The movie captures moments of astonishing intimacy, not just with the Ochoas but with their patients, the police, and the citizens they interact with from moment to moment. The camera looks at people and places and lets us think and feel things, rather than constantly and clumsily trying to manage our reactions.

This is one of the great contemporary films about the look and feel of a big city after dark, luxuriating in the vastness of almost-empty avenues lit by buzzing streetlamps. It is a real-life answer to fiction films like ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Collateral.’ (Subtitles)