Things tend to happen fast in Poniente, and soon the climax arrives, thankfully, because the dark ending scenes are the best in the movie. In a kind of twisted Andalusian take on Gone With the Wind, Lucia's business suspiciously burns down, the Moroccans and Spaniards violently clash, and the whole town goes to hell. There are few survivors in the wreckage, and even love, surprisingly, does not emerge triumphant. -- Judy Cantor
Playing on Sunday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinema South Beach, 1100 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-674-6766; on Monday, February 24, at 4:00 p.m. at Sunrise Cinemas Intracoastal, 3701 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, 305-949-0064; on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Regal Cinema.
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