There she finds the semi-estranged Sixto working in a factory, his leather jacket and familiarity with restaurants and sports unable to disguise that his lot is little better than if he’d stayed at home. Sixto tries to arrange money for a blood transfer, costing nearly twice his monthly income, stooping to begging and on the brink of purse-snatching to save his brother’s life. At the end, trying to track down a rich white doctor who might help him, he angrily storms a medical conference during the middle of a self-congratulatory speech about adopting Western methods to improve national healthcare. This is all the more hypocritical in light of other revelations; as the film fills in the missing pieces we learn that Paulina was secretly sterilized at a medical center run by the gringo-led Progress Corp (a swipe at the Peace Corp). Ignacio, after learning the truth, rallied an attack on the complex and was arrested, leading to the earlier shooting incident.
|Sanjines makes excellent use of landscapes, often in bold diagonal composition.|