Midnight FamilyLuke Lorentzen
Mexico City: 9 million inhabitants and less than 45 official ambulances. The desperate situation of health care leads to an underground industry. The Ochoa family owns a private ambulance. Life-saving for the wounded, a bitter competition for the family. An incredible journey through a nocturnal Mexico.
Midnight Family jumps on board of the private ambulance of the Ochoa family. They try to save lives by bringing injured people to the hospital and hope to be financially rewarded in exchange. A struggle that often brings them into difficult situations. But this is not their only struggle. It is a race with other ambulances to be the first to arrive on the scene, while police officers obstruct them and even demand kickbacks. The rules are immediately clear: money is king. Private ambulances, hospitals and the police are connected in a web of financial self-interest. Exciting scenes show the different street scenes in a nocturnal, corrupt Mexico. A compassionate portrait of a family that places its priority on the people who they transport, but also hopes for money to survive. Frustrating and moving. A film that is simultaneously as exciting as an action movie and silent like an intimate family drama with an eye for stunning cinematography.
Directed by Luke Lorentzen
2018 90 min.