The Wall of Mexico ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The Aristas are a wealthy Mexican family who are charging high prices from the well water on their property. Is it the fountain of youth? Is it a source of power? Or does the water just taste that good?

Regardless of the answer, a young handyman named Don has started to work for them, guarding the well while being tempted by the two young Aristas daughters, who are obsessed with sex and flaunting their power.

I had no expectations going in on this and was really intrigued by how it was put together. It's definitely unlike anything I’ve seen before.

You’ll recognize Esai Morales and Mariel Hemingway in the cast, but the young actors in the lead really make this work, as does the assured direction by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak.

Jackson Rathbone, who was Jasper Hale in the Twilight films is our window into this world of the ultrapowerful, who are separated by only a gate from the lower castes. Once he is inside their world, he cannot help but be changed by it, particularly by his attraction to Tania (Marisol Sacramento) and Ximena (Carmela Zumbado) while learning from the more seasoned Michael (Xander Berkeley, Candyman).

Once the well starts being drained, the family demands that the American workers build a wall around their property, which seems to be the very textbook definition of ironía. Yet being kept out of the thing they want most means the townspeople won’t be silent for much longer.