Two Crimes (Dos Crimenes)

Institute History

  • 1995 Sundance Film Festival


Based on a novel by Mexican writer Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Two Crimes is a dashing first film by director Roberto Sneider. A man is accused of a crime he did not commit. He leaves Mexico City and hides in Muerdago, a small village where his uncle, Ramón, lives, to wait for the confusion to clear up. Ramón, the richest man in the region, is childless and sick, and his nephew’s arrival is a pleasant surprise. However, local family members, anxious about their inheritance, are not pleased to see Marcos. As well as threatening their interests, he makes them realize that excitement and romance have been missing from their lives.

This plot that keeps twisting, bringing unexpected surprises, is an excellent example of Ibargüengoitia’s dry humor. The quality of the production, from startling photography to impeccable performances and direction, is typical of the new Mexican cinema, which has created films of the caliber of Danzón, Cabeza de Vaca, and Like Water for Chocolate.

— Patricia Cardoso Mantilla

Screening Details

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