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Has Mexico's film industry been helped or harmed by Hollywood?

1 May 2013 9:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The success of rags-to-riches comedy Nosotros los Nobles confirms Mexico as a cinematic supremo, albeit one whose own prosperity hangs on its film-making neighbour to the north

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An 11-year record at the Mexican box office fell the weekend before last, when class-clash comedy Nosotros los Nobles (We Are the Nobles) dislodged the 2002 Gael García Bernal drama The Crime of Father Amaro as the highest-grossing local film of all time. The sickly sweet whiff of Catholic corruption enticed audiences a decade back; this time it's the equally worn groove of the gulf between rich and poor in the country. Nosotros los Nobles riffs on the cunning scheme of a Mexico City millionaire who strips his kids of all their luxuries by staging a fake police raid, forcing them to drive buses, wait cantina tables and other humiliations conducive to heartwarming life lessons. »

- Phil Hoad

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