‘Los Chidos’: A Film Review

- September 27, 2012

" 'Los Chidos ' will be a name not soon forgotten in independent cinema"

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the over all appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

"Los Chidos" is an ill-mannered, unapologetic comedy that mainly revolves around a family that picks and chooses what’s seen as good or bad in God’s eyes, and the family members are all chasing a bit of love and acceptance in this cold world they make it out to be. They do so by mainly living under a specific law that states “Everything that is done for love, is beyond good and evil.”

It’s a downward spiral of neurotic and nauseating events that are meant to inspire laughter, yet the guilt might drown that out at times because of how much the talented Omar Rodriguez Lopez intentionally pushes the boundaries by miles in his sophomore effort. The characters all  juggle rape, incest, coprophilia, cannibalism and homophobia in a nonchalant manner yet when confronted with love, it remains taboo.

"Los Chidos" reaches it’s comical climax after the end, when the point of the story is finally understood and everyone’s actions are done, exploiting their true agenda and you realize it was all in an effort to get the one they love. The comedy lies underneath, hidden by all the traumatizing sequence of events, purposely done by Rodriguez Lopez to get us to dissect the characters presented to us and see the source of reasoning behind their actions. Some are explained while others remain in a world of their own lunacy, forever forgotten by reality.

Director Rodriguez Lopez hands the audience an experience in which one will hurl, laugh, and at times get angry with the logic behind these people. "Los Chidos" will be a name not soon forgotten in independent cinema.

Salvador Hernandez is a Texas native, studying under the MOV Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design since 2011. He is a current volunteer for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Hernandez works on his own independent projects to gain more experience when not studying or volunteering. The purpose of this blog is to unite film enthusiasts via the web to inspire conversation and to dissect the purpose and message of the short films screening in this year’s festival.