Nothing is more universal, it seems, than border trouble. It's the heart and soul, the foreground and backdrop, of Rafi Pitts
's "Soy Nero." The Iranian's fifth feature — his first in six years following "The Hunter
" — begins in Tijuana, journeys to Los Angeles, and concludes in the anonymous "Na Koja-abad" (no man's land) of a Middle Eastern desert. Co-writing with Romanian screenwriter Razvan Radulescu
(who worked on notable award-winners "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
" and "Child's Pose"), Pitts drags his figurative approach to storytelling into the muscular realms of urban drama and wartime thriller. As a world-we-live-in dispatch, the film offers plenty of interpretable discussion points. In this righteous, sometimes gripping genre-melding work, geographical boundaries are the root of violent skirmishes, political tensions, racial prejudices, and class war. Laden with meticulously baked...