Gorgeous, giddy, made of dazzle and wit and melancholy ... fabulously entertaining.



Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris) still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. Instead, they wallow in comfortable limbo in the district of Satelite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history, looting the country's iconic National Anthropology Museum.

Inspired by true events, and shot on never-before filmed locations in Mexico, MUSEO is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it.

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Leonardo Ortizgris, Alfredo Castro and Simon Russell Beale, MUSEO is Alonso Ruizpalacios's second feature after the award-winning festival hit GÜEROS.

"Gorgeous, giddy, made of dazzle and wit and melancholy ... fabulously entertaining. It's not every director who could take Hitchcock,
Looney Tunes, Rififi, The Doors and Bresson in his bouncy stride. We've had our hearts a little bit stolen, too: the perfect heist." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

"There is a touch of magic in MUSEO, a sense of wonder and curiosity that imparts palpable excitement. Some of that is the intimation of a strong and original cinematic voice evolving toward the realization of its full potential - the feeling that you might be in the presence of someone who could become the next great Mexican filmmaker." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
Not Rated
Drama, Heist, Crime
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Alfredo Castro, Simon Russell Beale
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

"No preservation without plunder,” says a character in Alonso Ruizpalacios’s exhilarating “Museo,” which is built around the real-life 1985 robbery of priceless Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec relics from Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology. Cultural appropriation is a major theme of this film, and ...

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