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A Sweet Smell of Death

Un dulce olor a muerte

Murder, mob justice and a young man’s coming of age are brought together in this thriller from first-time director Gabriel Retes. Ramon (Diego Luna), a young man who lives in a small Mexican farming community, finds the body of Adele (Laila Saab) in a field. The incident is doubly upsetting for Ramon because he was in love with the girl, though he never did anything about it. The local sheriff (Hector Alterio) quickly names a culprit, known as the Gypsy (Karra Elejalde). But while the Gypsy was elsewhere at the time of the murder, he can’t proclaim his innocence because he was with his lover, a married woman. Ramon senses that something is wrong, but he isn’t sure what to.

Mexico/Spain/Argentina, 1999.
English subtitles.
Colour.
Dolby stereo.
98 mins.

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1998.
22 mins.

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