It will be based in one of Mexico’s small towns plagued by warfare between competing drug cartels and government’s armed forces. A serial killer, suspected to be affiliated with one of them, has gone on rampage by killing en masse dozens of teenage girls in a certain time period, inside their vicinity. They are slashed, mutilated, and some of their body parts are even displayed across the routes (a common tradition of show-off by cartel leaders to terrorize the populace). Many of their parents, and in particular their teachers, are psychologically affected by such gory happenings. Hampered by weak legal enforcement, some of them even attempt to avenge their beloved ones’ deaths by putting an eye to an eye towards the cartel leaders.
It is not until a psychiatrist, and a teacher, confront them, and tell them the complicating, intricately interconnected nature of these organizations, and how their blatant, ill-considerate revenge may disrupt the stability of the entire community.
Note: La Matanza is Spanish translation for ‘bloodshed’.
It suddenly reminds me of Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind. But I kinda imagine it would be absolutely fantastic if Charlie Kaufman got his absurdist hands dirty with this premise, though.
So, the story can be pretty much like this: an architect, an obsessive-compulsive loner, and one known to have designed countless surrealist structures in his life, falls so helplessly deep in love with a doctor, a woman of grace, of passion-driven missions to help save the impoverished. Okay, let’s say that the woman is so helpless enough as well that she eventually expresses her admiration and amour towards him, his genius, and his eccentricity. The two end up engaged, but as time goes by, something wrong distances the two, and as the distance becomes lengthier, the architect is so emotionally and mentally tormented that he wants to do whatever he can to please his spouse. Partially inspired by his imagination, and his wild-goose-chase to attain that eternal love, he proclaims himself that he wants to build a 1,000-story skyscraper, with his lover’s name on top of the edifice.
Alright, the plot itself has sounded too tormenting for me.