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CARMEN - Ben Sorensen's 60 Second Reviews

Updated: Jul 7, 2023


Carmen is expectedly a story about Carmen, who flees the Mexican desert for a better life in America. She is rescued by an unlikely saviour, Aiden, and together they struggle to evade authorities as their own bond grows ever deeper.

Carmen is based on the popular and tragic novella by the same name, this is an artistic reinvention appropriately laden with dance, with sound, with music, while still accurately highlighting the cruel harshness of American culture.

This isn’t simply a film, or a movie this feels like real cinema.

Rich in subtext and nuance, well written, well cast and expertly produced, with some stunning shots and a clear vision of exactly what this film is.


Directed by: Benjamin Millepied

Original Score by: Nicholas Britell

Written by: Alexander Dinelaris and Loïc Barrère & Benjamin Millepied

Starring: Melissa Barrera, Paul Mescal, Rossy de Palma, THE DOC

Benjamin Millepied’s CARMEN is a gritty modern day tale, with a majestic score by Nicholas Britell, and dream-like dance sequences that evoke magic realism. The story follows a young and fiercely independent woman who is forced to flee her home in the Mexican desert following the brutal murder of her mother, another strong and mysterious woman. Carmen survives a terrifying and dangerous illegal border crossing into the US, only to be confronted by a lawless volunteer border guard who cold-bloodedly murders two other immigrants in her group. When the border guard and his patrol partner,

Aidan—a Marine with PTSD—become embroiled in a deadly standoff, Carmen and Aidan are forced to escape together. They make their way north toward Los Angeles in search of Carmen’s mother’s best friend, the mercurial Masilda and owner of La Sombra nightclub - a sanctuary of music and dance. Carmen and Aidan find both solace and their unwavering love for each other in the safety of Masilda’s magical refuge, but time is running out as the police hunt closes in.

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