Eniac Martinez Ulloa
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 24, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Miss Bala

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
113 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/20/12
performer
Stephanie Sigman
distributor
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

After getting caught in a Mexican nightclub shoot-out, a naive aspiring Miss Baja beauty queen (Stephanie Sigman) finds her fate hitched to that of a drug lord. And each step she, her captors, the local cops, and federal agents take only ups the danger and hopelessness of her situation. (Bala is Spanish for ”bullet.”) Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I’m Gonna Explode) is Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film — rightfully so. A

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