Director Gerardo Naranjo's thrillingly captivating film, Miss Bala, reviewed supremely well at Cannes this year. The Mexican film stars Stephanie Sigman as a beauty pageant contestant who goes from walking the runway to running drugs down in the underworld. Critics have praised the movie for its social commentary on how bad things have become below the border and Miss Bala savagely depicts the calamity that has torn the country apart.
The plot synopsis focuses on a young woman named Laura (Sigman) who enters the Miss Baja competition with a friend. When a group of narcos shoot-up a nightclub, she's the only witness to the massacre, and finds her coronation dreams turning into a nightmare of drug cartels, bullets, and desperate situations.
While we'd gladly stand by Stephanie Sigman while she wears that delicious white-on-white ensemble, it's hard not to deny the film's complex narrative. The blending of politically-laced action, situational horror, beautiful women, and gunplay is enough to make us recommend watching Miss Bala to anyone. Unfortunately, there's no release date set for the U.S. at this point. But Toronto residents can check out Miss Bala at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th and 12th.