Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands ★★★½

As a Colombian I am excited about finding a film made in my country that manages to hold its own at the international stage and hence I might be slightly biased. That being said, Manos Sucias tackles a worn out topic, as is the country's drug trade, from a different angle, focusing on the bottom steps of the chain instead of on the glamour, and setting the viewers in the shoes of two desperate brothers, victims of a hopeless situation. At points the film is bleak; ruthless, not shying away from the brutality of the issue and yet it also manages to be emotional, touching and basely humane. The camerawork is outstanding and the acting a delightful surprise. Distressingly real and harsh in tackling a standing issue, I am glad work like this exists.