Why watch this film?
Directed by Joaquín del Paso (of the brilliant 'Maquinaria Panamericana'), 'El hoyo en la cerca' is a film that plays with the conventions of horror, but to tell us something that has nothing to do with the supernatural. The story takes place during the summer camp of a prestigious religious educational institution, attended by the children of Mexican elites. What should have been a time of learning starts badly, very badly, as there is violence and discrimination among the children - all of them men - and things will get worse with the teachings of adults. Del Paso takes an x-ray of contemporary masculinity in Mexico and the role that Catholic morality plays in its perpetuation. Although at times scattered and too frontal for its own good, it is a powerful critique that invites us to reflect on the ills that afflict our country, from the root.