Paul Mescal and Melissa Barrera light up the screen in Benjamin Millepied’s modern-day reimagining of the beloved opera, featuring a new music score by Nicholas Britell.
Carmen (Barrera), a captivating, sensual young woman, leaves her family and community behind to escape a Mexican cartel. She flees to the US, dreaming of safety and freedom. She is captured by a fierce volunteer border patrol who tries to kill her. Shocked by this violence, returned soldier Aidan (Mescal) saves Carmen and helps her escape.
He finds himself fascinated by Carmen’s passion, free spirit, and will to fight for freedom. He agrees to give Carmen a ride to Los Angeles, and on the way, his attraction to her grows. Aidan, too, dreams of a new life free from the shadows of his past. They know there is no turning back.
DIR: Benjamin Millepied |116 mins | Australia-France-USA | 2022
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