• James Rutherford

'Güeros': A Dreamy and Poetic Depiction of Inspired Youthful Idealism


Movie poster for the Mexican film Güeros starring Sebastián Aguirre and Tenoch Huerta

“Güeros" (2014) is a light-hearted Spanish-language drama that follows rambunctious Mexican youth, Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre), who is sent by his mother to live with his brother, Federico aka “Sombra” (Tenoch Huerta), in Mexico City. Soon after arriving in the capital city, Tomas finds himself caught up in a leisurely, road-trip-of-sorts around the city with Sombra and his roommate in search of a famous musician who they desperately hope to meet before his death.


It’s a dreamy story fractured into various vignettes featuring student radicals, poets, hooligans, elitists, musicians and revolutionaries, shot beautifully in black-and-white and coming off as a 21st Century homage to the French New Wave movement of the 1960’s.


Directed and co-written by Alonso Ruizpalacios, "Güeros" plays out at its own moderate pace and never rushes to hit you over the head with its agenda—but it’s very much worth searching out if you're in the mood for something sublimely poetic and pleasingly adventurous. A really nice touch of inspired youthful idealism.

 

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