Hell Without Limits
Arturo Ripstein was born in Mexico City. He began his career working as an uncredited assistant director to Luis Buñuel. His long and celebrated filmography includes Tiempo de morir (65), The Castle of Purity (73), The Holy Office (74), The Place Without Limits (78), Seduction (81), Principio y Fin (93), Deep Crimson (96) and No One Writes to the Colonel (99).
Set in a nearly abandoned Mexican village in which the local brothel is run by an elderly transvestite and his daughter, this outrageous melodrama from Arturo Ripstein functions both as a wild, grotesque entertainment and as a sly window into so many aspects of Mexican life, both then and now.