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.

With:
With: Alberto Estrella, Jose Juan Meraz, Patricia Reyes Spindola.

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: With: Alberto Estrella, Jose Juan Meraz, Patricia Reyes Spindola.

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