Contemporary Mexican Cinema

Module code: SP2035
Module co-ordinatorDr Sheldon Penn

Module Aims

In this module you will study four recent films, three entirely Mexican and one Spanish-Mexican co-production. In each case you will consider thematic aspects, focusing on their social and cultural meanings and contexts, as well as questions of style, including cinematic narrative and genre.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will have acquired a critical understanding of the films studied and be able to demonstrate your knowledge in oral and written form of their social and/or cultural themes and contexts and explain how these are mediated via the use of cinematic language.


  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 15 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 175 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,000-2,500 words (50%)
  • Clip analysis exam, 2 hours (35%)
  • Assessed seminar presentation (15%)

Essential Viewing

  • Amores Perros [Love’s a Bitch] (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  • Y tu mamá también [And Your Mother Too] (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  • El espinazo del diablo [The Devil’s Backbone] (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
  • Los bastardos (dir. Amat Escalante)

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