Film is an objective, unrelenting closeup of life among some delinquents in a Mexican slum.
Director Luis Bunuel, famous for his surrealist pix, has cast his eye on a cancerous aspect of society, and made a jolting pic. Boys are presented as a group who grow up without any moral conceptions or responsibilities. Film offers no hope except in sweeping social changes.
Bunuel has filled his pic with such symbols as a terrifying blind man, donkeys bearing dead bodies, and bloody battles. Gabriel Figueroa gives it a fine contrasty lensing that helps mood. Acting by a group of unknowns is uniformly good.