Levantamuertos

Iván (Daniel Galo), the hero of this 2013 black comedy, works for the local coroner, retrieving corpses from crime and accident scenes; death is their business, and in the modern Mexico of the drug cartels, business is good. As if to remind us that we’re all just meat, writer-director Miguel Nuñez, making his feature debut, gives Iván a pet pig who becomes his best pal (the porker even swills beer with him when it isn’t killing rats in the kitchen). This isn’t the most uplifting thing I’ve ever seen, but thematically it hangs together: the soul is represented by a white bird or even a globe of light, while the body is regarded as so much garbage, especially the three federal agents that Iván finds bound and executed in a ditch. In Spanish with subtitles.