I'm Gonna Explode (Voy A Exploter)
- Tom Dawson
- 17 December 2009
Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo channels Godard’s much quoted mantra that ‘All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl’ in this kinetic homage to Pierrot le Fou. His lovers-on-the-run turn out to be a pair of delinquent fifteen-year-olds Roman (Juan Pablo de Santiago) and Maru (Maria Deschamps) from provincial Mexico, who meet in school detention. He is the rich son of a corrupt right wing politician (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), she is the sullen daughter whose mother is a nurse, and both are equally desperate to rebel against the adult world.
Reading from her diary extracts, Maru is a far from reliable narrator, admitting there are ‘conflicting versions’ of the on-screen events, and in a dazzling opening sequence Naranjo plunges us into one of Roman’s homicidal fantasies. Throughout, the handheld camerawork, the colour-bleached cinematography and the jagged editing style reflect the turbulent perspectives of the teenage characters, although the film becomes calmer whilst the runaways set up camp on the roof of Roman’s family villa. It’s clear that the director’s sympathies lie squarely with the young couple – the adults, with the exception of a former political activist, seem irrelevant figures. And if there’s little doubt from the outset that the film will end in bloody tragedy, its energy and verve are impressive.
Cameo, Edinburgh and selected release from Fri 1 Jan.