105 mins
7.6 / 10 (1972)


Estela is a 12-year-old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet in rural Mexico. He wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, Estela’s family will have to face the vicious circle of drugs and violence that is devastating the region.

MUBI's take

In his tense, Cannes’ Best Director winning third feature, arthouse favourite Amat Escalante tackles the rising underworld of Mexico’s drug cartels. With a stunning visual style and an air of quasi-documentary naturalism, Heli is confrontational, heart-pounding cinema at its very best.

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