Gael García Bernal is half of a pair of amateur thieves who attempt a heist on a prestigious Mexican museum in this award-winning crime drama.
"Bernal is Juan, a likeable guy in his thirties who lives at home while trying to finish up veterinary school. His family tolerates him, but it’s clear that they’ve all given up ... Enlisting his best friend Benjamin (Leonardo Ortizgris), Juan hatches a plan to steal priceless Mayan artefacts from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology ... The two leave their homes in the suburbs and pull off a flawless robbery at the museum—unbelievable for a couple of amateurs. Their plan was only half-baked however, as neither had thought beyond the acquisition of the treasures. They soon discover the difficulties associated with unloading precious antiquities and embark on a road trip in search of a dodgy enough buyer." (Toronto International Film Festival)
Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay, 2018 Berlin International Film Festival
2018128 minsMexicoSpanish and English with English subtitles
If you're going to pick history's pocket to tell a shaggy-dog story of distant fathers, weak sons and friendship so steadfast it can withstand even the bad weather of one's worst ideas, you better do it with movements this deft and fingers this light.
Brisk, witty storytelling, a winning lead from Gael Garcia Bernal and an enjoyable heist plot - although the film goes way beyond its genre premise - should give Museum significant international appeal, commercially and for fests.