A supremely creepy hobo (Miss Bala’s Noé Hernández in remarkable, full-on nutso mode) traipses around his filthy and dilapidated warehouse surroundings, intermittently stirring his festering drum of food sludge he’s converting to fuel. Into his grotty environment comes a pair of young seemingly homeless siblings who help the older man construct what looks like a giant art installation which slowly morphs into a cavernous, womb-like structure as the film progresses. In return for their time and effort, he feeds the duo an unwholesome diet of grubby, uncooked eggs (scenes almost as gut-wrenching as the inherently provocative content) and begins to toy with them, insisting they copulate, although he’s fully aware of their relationship to each other. Soon they are indulging in a number of depraved acts as he watches on as a kind of twisted puppeteer.
It’s not immediately apparent where Minter is heading as we first witness Hernández thrashing around in his grim surroundings. For the initial 20 minutes or so you could be almost lulled into thinking that what you’re seeing in front of you is a quirky, albeit disturbing, short. It’s only once the ample amount of flesh is unveiled that it descends into a hypnotic, hypersexualised journey of the forbidden. You don’t need to dig deep to realise some kind of parable concerning rebirth is buried lightly underneath the colourful assortment of bodily fluids – the young filmmaker is only too happy to bludgeon you with it, particularly following the climactic sequence which, to paraphrase Morrissey, even Caligula would have balked at.
This is about as far removed from the usual feel-good Friday night cinematic fare as you can humanly get, and while you might feel the need to take a nice warm shower as the end credits roll, you may also be surprised at just how much you enjoyed revelling in the revulsion.