The Chosen Ones

Sofia, 14 years old, is in love with Ulises. Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution network in Mexico. To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace her. Adapted from Jorge Volpi’s novel, set in the world of juvenile prostitution.


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  • ★★★½ review by Melissa Castañeda on Letterboxd

    I couldn't stop thinking about my best friend telling me that the main actress (with whom he studies acting) was angry that she had interviews at Cannes because she just wanted to watch Carol and honestly.. #ME

    (that last scene... #disappointed give me better endings)

  • ★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    Ulises is a young teen in Mexico. He works in the family business roping young girls and forcing them into prostitution. His dad, mom and older brother rule the whorehouse with an iron fist and a case of puppylove with a 14 year old girl threatens the ho' business. A non exploitative film that feels very much like an indicment on everything to do with child prostitution. The pimps, the johns and even the people that do nothing about it. Infuriating at times, is a very moral film. A strong heartbreaking last scene.

  • ★★★★ review by Sumner Forbes on Letterboxd

    Pablos took what could have been an unoriginal mess and created something quite powerful. The slow unraveling of the narrative took the film from a standard teen romance to something much more sinister within the space of two hours.

  • ★★★★ review by Olevar on Letterboxd

    Tengo que revisar qué otras películas mexicanas vi este año, pero creo que Las Elegidas está entre las que más me gustaron (aunque no disfruté, está muy difícil pasársela bien en cosas como ésta). Una muy bien realizada historia de horror que inicia como un romance infantil e inocente, y se convierte en una cosa en serio espantosa. Bien por lo que logra David Pablos dirigiendo a sus actores, y buena forma de resolver las escenas más crudas. Al mostrar solamente los rostros de los involucrados y el audio de lo que está ocurriendo, logra un efecto mucho más impresionante y doloroso.

    Una película bastante difícil, pero que me hace querer ver lo que haga David Pablos en el futuro. Mientras tanto, buscaré su anterior película.

  • ★★★★ review by Mónica Luna on Letterboxd

    Se obvia lo obvio, privilegiando el sonido a las imágenes en los momentos más crudos. Buen resultado.

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