When telling the true story of the 1985 robbery of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, director Alonso Ruizpalacios said that his film, “Museo,” ended up teaching him something unexpected about the relationship between fact and fiction.

“We really took a left turn and went our own way,” Ruizpalacios told TheWrap at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Sometimes you find that when telling a story based on facts, they become a constraint for fiction…for a film to work.”

“Museo” follows Gael Garcia Bernal and Leonardo Ortizgris as Juan and Benjamin, two slacker veterinarian students who come up with a plan to rob the museum after Juan takes a part-time job there. Despite their bumbling nature, they are surprisingly able to pull it off, only to realize that actually making a profit off their gains after becoming hated thieves is nigh impossible.

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