La Soldadera (the female soldier), focuses upon Lázara a simple country girl who is caught up in the Mexican Revolution. At the beginning of the film she is a newlywed whose husband, Juan, ... See full summary »

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Lázara
Jaime Fernández ...
Juan
Narciso Busquets ...
Nicolás
Sonia Infante ...
Micaela
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Isidro
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Major Castro Virgen
Chavela Vargas ...
Ángela (as Chabela Vargas)
Mario García González ...
Sabás
Aurora Clavel ...
Victoria
Arturo Castro 'Bigotón' ...
Primitivo
Judith Dupeyrón ...
Niña
Enrique Tello
Alicia del Lago ...
Soldadera
Jorge Barragán
Jorge Landa
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La Soldadera (the female soldier), focuses upon Lázara a simple country girl who is caught up in the Mexican Revolution. At the beginning of the film she is a newlywed whose husband, Juan, is forced to join the federal army during the Mexican Revolution. Lázara chooses to follow Juan, but unfortunately, he is soon killed in battle. One of the Villista soldiers (supporters of Pancho Villa), Nicolsá, takes Lzáara to be his woman and so she becomes part of their band. Lzáara has to walk alongside Nicolsá's horse whilst carrying his rifle and gun belt as they travel. One of the older "soldaderas" put the gun belt on Lzáara and shows her how to shoot. Although Lzáara does not fight she is present during moments of conflict and is involved in the looting of a town. But Lzáara wish for nothing more than a home. Written by Naomi Redman

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10 August 1967 (Mexico)  »

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A revealing film about women in the Mexican Revolution
27 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a fascinating portrayal of women in the Mexican Revolution. There is a stark contrast between the men who ride on horseback and the women who are forced to walk carrying their heavy belongings; the men tower over the women which creates a sense of oppression and superiority. The "soldaderas" seem to have little choice in participating in the Revolution and as such are constructed as passive victims. There are, however, a few women within the film who fight for themselves and not because they were forced to join by their husbands. The change in appearance of Lázara from peasant girl to "soldadera" represents how she moves from passive victim to actively choosing to be a "soldadera."

As has been noted in an earlier comment this film can be enjoyed without a great understanding of Spanish as most of the key events are portrayed through facial expression. If you do, however, speak Spanish and know a little about the Mexican Revolution it most definitely enhances the viewing.

Overall it is a very interesting film from the perspective of the ordinary figures of the Mexican Revolution.


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