Review: ‘Exxxorcisms’

Historied Mexican helmer Jaime Humberto Hermosillo ("Dona Herlinda and Her Son") hits the digital age with a thud in "eXXXorcisms," an exxxcruciating dramatic experiment notable only as the most angst-filled feature ever set entirely in a mini-mall.

Historied Mexican helmer Jaime Humberto Hermosillo (“Dona Herlinda and Her Son”) hits the digital age with a thud in “eXXXorcisms,” an exxxcruciating dramatic experiment notable only as the most angst-filled feature ever set entirely in a mini-mall. Tale of a security guard’s one-night supernatural pow-wow with his late, long-ago teenage lover is embarrassing both in pretentious verbiage and graphic sexual content. Gay fests may provide a charitable berth.

Arriving for his first night on the job, watchman Roberto (Alberto Estrella) is toured through an enclosed shopping arcade by a day manager (Patricia Reyes Spindola) who notes many have sensed a ghost here — supposedly a teen suicide still crying for his homosexual lover. Unbeknownst to her, Roberto is that man. Twenty years before, he’d had a passionate relationship with sexually precocious Pedro (Jose Juan Meraz); discovered by angry parents, they made a suicide pact, but Roberto chickened out. Now he’s back to make peace. Endless monologues, mannered (and very dark) video lensing, and cringe-inducing gratuitous sexual mime/talk are all high-mindedly awful; Estrella’s turn is brave but wasted. Production package does not transcend miniscule budget.

Exxxorcisms

Mexico

Production

A Jaime Humberto Hemosillo and Associates, Resonancia Post-Production, Goukine and Georgina Teron Gilmore production. Produced by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Jorge Z. Lopez, Carlos Aguilar, Georgina Teron. Executive producer, Fernando Gou. Directed, written by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo.

Crew

Camera (color, HD video), Jorge Z. Lopez; editor, Lopez; music, Omar Guzman; production designer, Lourdes Almeida. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Tribute to Ramiro Puerta), Sept. 11, 2002. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Alberto Estrella, Jose Juan Meraz, Patricia Reyes Spindola.
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