Western ★★★★½

The Rosses' apply their casually paced, observational approach to the topical documentary, examining the effects of the drug trade/drug war through the intimately scaled lens of one border town, making the broadly political and sensational personal and all the more affecting for it. The Rosses' compassionate humanity gives a face to those affected by the drug war by sticking to these individuals and simply relying on their daily lives and interactions to form a layered picture of its vast impact. While the drug war lends an urgent political subtext to the film, the Rosses' attention to the particular textures of the community and its people ensures that the film never feels didactic or pointedly political but retains a humanist focus that conveys an earnest compassion for its subjects.

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