Arriving in US theaters at the tail end of a banner year for TV shows and films about the drug cartels, Gabriel Ripstein’s award-winning debut 600 Miles is a film that impressively stands out. A Mexico-US co-production, "600 Miles" eschews some of the more lurid conventions of the subgenre, offering a thoughtful rumination on the inextricable connection between both countries in the world of the cartels and gun trafficking in particular. Recently, I caught up with Ripstein to find out more about his distinctive approach to the film. Below is an edited version of our conversation.
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