In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 ambulances for a population of 9 million. From director Luke Lorentzen, darkly thrilling and deeply empathetic new documentary Midnight Family explores the city’s underground industry of private ambulances. Following the Ochoa family on their nightly drives, it details a constant struggle to keep their dire finances in check all while competing for patients in need of urgent help. Led by 17-year-old son Juan, they cling to their tenuous business in the face of cutthroat rivals, moral dilemmas, corrupt police and their honest desire to be a force for good.
Why You Should See This Film
Winner of a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival, Midnight Family is a gripping immersion into the unknown danger of a city at night. Serving as his own editor and cinematographer, Lorentzen’s minimal approach is rewarded by the striking intimacy achieved on screen – you’ll feel every moment of fear, exhilaration and unlikely humour as though you were strapped in the front seat.
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- Year: 2019
- Rating: M
- Director: Luke Lorentzen
- Duration: 81 minutes
- Language: Spanish with English subtitles