HURRICANE SEASON on Netflix is a Mexican thriller drama (org. title: Temporada de huracanes). It’s a powerful and extremely bleak story with lots of unlikable characters. But it comes across as realistic. Read our full Hurricane Season movie review here!
HURRICANE SEASON is a new movie on Netflix. It’s a thriller drama from Mexico (org. title: Temporada de huracanes) that uses realism in the most brutal ways. Everyone is trying to survive in a world where human life has very little value.
The story opens with a body being found and then we see what led to this. Told from various perspectives, the timeline overlaps several times but it makes sense if you pay attention.
Continue reading our Hurricane Season movie review below. Find it on Netflix from November 1, 2023.
What’s in a name?
The movie opens with a group of teens finding a corpse floating in a canal. The how and why of this person’s death is what the movie is all about. Or rather, it’s about all the little things that lead people astray. Either because of expectations, circumstances, or the fact that you cannot be yourself.
A woman is constantly referred to as a witch. This witch is someone everyone knows, yet no one wants to be associated with her. At the same time, they all seem to be involved with her somehow.
Whenever anyone needs something, it seems they’re never late to reach out to the “Witch”. Usually, what people in this small town want is drugs, pleasures of the flesh, or help with certain ailments.
And yet, they also verbally attack the witch at every turn. Then the verbal attacks turn physical.
Getting the story from multiple angles
As bleak and distraught as this world is, I could not stop watching. It’s also a very character-driven story, which is why it made perfect sense to tell it from multiple angles.
Essentially, Hurricane Season is divided into segments where the same story is told from the perspective of a new person. One moment it’s from the worldview of a 14-year-old pregnant girl, the next it’s a young man who feels both entitled to a better life and robbed of freedom.
Overall, many (or most) of the characters are very unlikable as they worry only about themselves. Every now and then, we see that they care for someone else. However, when push comes to shove, they’ve all learned that they have to look out for themselves first. So they do!
Watch Hurricane Season on Netflix now!
This new Mexican movie on Netflix was directed by Palme d’Or winner Elisa Miller. She won Best Short Film in Cannes 2007 with Ver llover. The style is unapologetic and absolutely brutal in both imagery and character portrayals.
The movie is based on the acclaimed novel by Fernanda Melchor, while the screenplay is written by Daniela Gómez and director Elisa Miller.
If you’re in a dark place mentally, you’ll want to steer clear of this one. The mood and vibe is heartbreaking and gutwrenching. I don’t regret watching it, but it’s the kind of movie that stays with you. Mostly due to all the very sad fates, we experience in a very short time. Check it out, if you’re ready for a heavy dose of reality for (far too) many.
Hurricane Season is on Netflix from November 1, 2023.
Director: Elisa Miller
Script: Daniela Gómez, Fernanda Melchor, Elisa Miller
Stars: Paloma Alvamar, Edgar Treviño, Andrés Cordova, Kat Rigoni, Norma Reyna, Conchi León, Ernesto Meléndez, Said Sandoval, Reyna Mendizábal, Guss Morales
When a group of teens finds a corpse floating in a canal, the brutal reality behind the perverse crime unravels a town’s hidden secrets.