Mathieu Demy's "Americano" Leaves a Bitter Taste

Her name is Lola; she is a showgirl. She doesn’t work at the Copacabana, though; she works at the titular Americano. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Americano is a character-driven exploration of grief by Mathieu Demy, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film—he also gets naked in it, frequently.

When Frenchman Martin (Demy) learns of his mother’s death, he must travel to La to deal with her condo and the troubled past they had. Having lost most communication with his mother, he relies on her close friend Linda (Geraldine Chaplin) and various neighbors to piece together what her life was like. Through them he learns of Lola (Salma Hayek, sporting an inexplicable scar on her cheek), a girl he knew as a child whom his mother raised like a daughter. Martin’s grief makes him prone to extreme mood swings that result in rash actions.
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