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The Hamsters

(Los Hámsters)
Mexico, 2014

Director: Gilberto González Penilla
Writers: Gilberto González Penilla, Carlos Rodríguez
Producers: Henner Hofmann, Karla Bukantz
Cinematographer: Juan Pablo Ramírez
Editors: Gilberto González Penilla, Pablo Fulgueira
Cast: Ángel Norzagaray, Gisela Madrigal, Monserrat Minor, Hoze Meléndez 

Rodolfo and Beatriz are the parents of teenagers Jessica and Juan. Together they form a perfect dysfunctional family. Rodolfo leaves for work every morning, but actually he’s unemployed. Beatriz, worrying that she is looking older, has a flirtation with her buff gym trainer. Jessica finds herself in a love triangle with her boyfriend and her best friend. And, Juan’s girlfriend has a little surprise for him. This is the life of an ordinary middle-class family in Tijuana. While living under the same roof, they scurry about their days, trying to hide their secrets from one another. A fresh, clever and humorous portrait of a modern family unit.

“If the category of ‘Woody Allen-style Mexican comedy’ existed, The Hamsters would be at the top.” Durango Festival of New Mexican Cinema

Rodolfo y Beatriz son padres de dos jóvenes: Jessica y Juan, juntos forman una perfecta familia disfuncional. Rodolfo sale todos los días como si fuera al trabajo, pero en realidad está desempleado. Beatriz, quien se encuentra en medio de una crisis existencial por su edad, es seducida en el gimnasio. Jessica juega a un triángulo amoroso entre su novio y su mejor amiga. Y Juan, se entera que será papá. Una familia común mexicana en la que cada uno esconde sus propios secretos, a pesar de vivir bajo el mismo techo. 

9:00 pm|Vancity Theatre (VCT)
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Gilberto González (b. 1983, Tijuana, Mexico) has worked as an editor for different films. His short film Conversaciones de un matrimonio was nominated at the Mexican Academy Awards. The Hamsters is his first feature-length film as a director and has been selected in over 15 film festivals around the world.