A pushcart war erupts in a Paraguyan marketplace after Victor, a 17-year-old delivery boy played by young Baba Booey lookalike Celso Franco, unwittingly agrees to transport a passel of crates containing the remains of a disassembled kidnap victim. What starts with a pulse-pounding foot-chase soon gives way to a stock comedy of miscommunication. Bookending their film with shots of Victor living life through a TV screen — and directing our hero to stop in mid chase and admire his likeness on a bank of department store monitors — are filmmakers Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori’s ideas of hard-hitting media commentary. Mighty fine night work by cinematographer Richard Careaga, but when it comes to leaning on coincidental plot devices as a means to an end, 7 Boxes isn’t that far removed from 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag. With Lali Gonzalez and Nico García. (2012) — Matthew Lickona
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