Saltillian enthusiast about cinema since he was a child, when his priority was to tell his first stories with his own toys, Ariel Gutiérrez Flores strikes the spectator’s chords of tension, unknown, exasperation and deep reflection through his most recent visual story: Los tiempos de Héctor (Hector Times).
Hector is a lonely man who assists suicides in Mexico City. That’s how he gets to know Monica, a young woman who longs for death. The meeting of both personalities and their paths ends producing a story in which death is the ideal pretext to love life, life lived with dignity.
During an interview for the non-for-profit society For the Right to Die with Dignity, Gutiérrez Flores defines his work: “Los tiempos de Héctor is a representation of life. And life is a short spring between two long winters. There’s the belief that everything has to be happy and joyful in life. And not necessarily. Life is very difficult. This meritocratic concept which stipulates that you are the owner and captain of your life is not such. Life is hard, life is pitiful, life is sad. Life is horrible. But, even as being so, there’s a short spring, there are bright moments that can happen when you have sex, when you listen to a song, when your soccer team score a goal, when there you enjoy a good meal, when you see your family… there are moments that lit up life.”
And Ariel Gutiérrez’ “short spring” concept reached Cannes, France, where he presented his work which obtained very good comments.