Hot Docs: Rush Hour

Rush Hour, Mexico, 2017, director Luciana Kaplan, Turkish and Spanish with subtitles and English, 97 minutes, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival, screens April 30 April and May 2 and 5.

Rush Hour, Mexico, 2017, director Luciana Kaplan, Turkish and Spanish with subtitles and English, 97 minutes, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival, screens April 30 April and May 2 and 5.

(TORONTO, ON) – This Hot Docs documentary is about how rush hour affects the lives of commuters and their families as they commute to Los Angeles, Istanbul, and Mexico City. It states the obvious; being, commuting is destructive to one’s health and a stressor in one’s relationships.

If you are looking for anything deeper than this you won’t find it in this film. And, if you have travelled in Toronto, you’ll know what a horrific experience commuting can be. It’s shitty.

Yes, the personal story of the commuters is interesting, but somewhat tedious. Almost all of us are familiar with commuting into heavily urbanized areas. After all, as the film relates, over 2 million people commute into Istanbul daily, 1.4 million into Mexico City, and 123 million in the United States.

The common theme is urban areas are unaffordable for these commuters.

All said and done, the film offers no fresh perspectives on commuting. It is somewhat interesting, but leaves one wondering what was to be learnt from the documentary. Isn’t that what documentaries are all about?

Now, it might be much more interesting to audiences unfamiliar with commuting.

(Rush Hour, Mexico, 2017, director Luciana Kaplan, Turkish and Spanish with subtitles and English, 97 minutes, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival, screens April 30 April and May 2 and 5)

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