El Camino | Chicago Reader

El Camino

A melancholic videographer (Leo Fitzpatrick) is unexpectedly summoned by his long-lost childhood friend, now terminally ill, to record a final testament. Weeks later, at the funeral, the friend's cynical high school buddy (Christopher Denham) and stripper ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss of AMC's Mad Men) enlist the videographer in an impromtu road trip to Mexico to dispose of the ashes. The awkward trio begin the inevitable bonding process as they open up and confront their demons. This modest indie feature never quite transcends its cliched storyline, but writer-director Erik S. Weigel sets an engagingly genial tone and Moss turns in a graceful, nuanced performance. 87 min.

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