Daniela Schmidt in "Eight Out of Ten" (2018)

Daniela Schmidt in Eight Out of Ten (2018)

Eight Out of Ten is about murder, police corruption, violence against women, exploitation of the workers, marginalization of class, injustice in immigration, human rights, and drug trafficking. Eight Out of Ten is the ratio of murders that are never investigated in Mexico.

Aurelio and Citlali meet each other in a small hotel in Mexico City during the darkest days of their lives. He just buried his son who was murdered in broad daylight. She had to abandon her daughter because of her violent father. The state has become a criminal enterprise and is of no help to neither of them. Their quest for justice soon becomes the need for revenge. Little by little, love grows, and a pact is forged between them: to help each other and take justice into their own hands.

Sergio Umansky Brener’s fierce and psychologically complex drama explores the aftermath of a tragedy that evidences the widespread impunity and lack of security across Mexico. Chameleonic actor Noé Hernández shines as Aurelio, a man whose son was violently killed in broad daylight. Searching for whoever was responsible, Aurelio meets Citlali (Daniela Schmidt) in a Mexico City hotel. She has also been unjustly separated from her child and wants to fight back. This shared struggle for justice forges a dangerous alliance between them. Soon, their desire for answers transforms into a thirst for revenge.

While this film is fiction, it addresses Mexico’s very real problems of poverty and violence. When the father goes to the police station to learn if the police have found his son’s killers, he must stand in a long line to meet the corrupt police agent. The agent assumes without evidence that the young man was involved with drugs. Aurelio protests that his son never took drugs. The agent asks unrelated questions as “how much do you earn per week?” and “what is your religion?” Aurelio, who works in a textile factory, doesn’t earn very much money. His religion is Catholic.

This movie is a cry for justice. The realization that eight out of ten murder victims are likely to be ignored weighs heavily. During the opening credits, viewers are informed that 24,000 people were murdered each year under former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration. At that rate, six people would be killed during the time it takes to watch this film.