The Return of the Dead

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The Return of the Dead (El regreso del muerto)

Directed by Gustavo Gamou

  • Mexico 2014; 83 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Best Film (Ahora México) - FICUNAM
    • Special Mention - Los Cabos IFF


Tijuana is a city on the border between Mexico and the USA. It is a place where many different hopes meet and also a town transformed into a space of eternal forgetfulness and wait. The protagonist of this third documentary film by Gustavo Gamou represents an allegory for vanishing time and memories. In order to escape from organized crime, which he used to work for, in order to survive, Don Resendo takes the decision of checking out from his own life by staging his death in front of family and friends and then living an anonymous existence without a past, without a history. However, this documentary is not just a story of regrets and redemption; Gamou also depicts for us the elements that surround not only this story but also many other stories of abandonment in Mexico. The director shows a country horrified by violence and its aftermath, which is sometimes rendered invisible or hidden out of the way.



    Gustavo Gamou