Archive of films Box / La caja

Mexico / USA
2021, 92 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2022

Award-winning director Lorenzo Vigas returns with another subtle study of paternal authority and the lost vulnerable souls who intuitively gravitate towards it. In this dramatic tale of an orphaned boy, he uncovers the cruel ecosystem of cheap day labor on the Mexican periphery while managing to capture subtle emotional processes in the mesmerizing stony countenance of the young non-actor Hatzín Navarrete.


The orphaned Hatzin arrives in northern Mexico to retrieve his father’s remains, although he refuses to accept the reality of his death. The boy latches onto a burly labor recruiter in whom he finds a surrogate parent and temporary breadwinner. But in the gray-market economy of cheap labor, loss of life is the order of the day, and the persistent yearning for wealth often leads to crime. Following his triumph at Venice, award-winning director Lorenzo Vigas returns with another fine-spun study of paternal authority and the lost vulnerable souls who intuitively gravitate towards it. In his diagnosis, the need for a dominant male figure is a typical ailment of Latin American countries. Most importantly, however, he manages to capture subtle emotions in the mesmeric stony countenance of the young non-actor Hatzín Navarrete.

Ondřej Pavlík

About the director

Lorenzo Vigas (1967, Merida, Venezuela). Filmography: Elephants Never Forget (Los Elefantes nunca olvidan, 2004, short), From Afar (Desde allá, 2015), The Orchid Seller (El vendedor de orquídeas, 2016, doc.), The Box (La caja, 2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Screenplay: Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch
Dir. of Photography: Sergio Armstrong G.
Sound: Waldir Xavier
Editor: Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbieri
Art Director: Daniela Schneider
Producer: Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernández Aldanda
Production: Teorema
Coproduction: Labodigital
Cast: Hatzín Navarrete, Elián Gonzales, Hernán Mendoza
Sales: The Match Factory

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