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Broken Flag (1979)

Bandera rota (original title)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manolo Fábregas ...
Eduardo Vallejo Arizpe (as Manolo Fábregas)
Aarón Hernán ...
Don Luis Iriarte
Tina Romero ...
Ana Mendizabal
Jorge Humberto Robles ...
Alberto Huesca
Ignacio Retes ...
Jorge Santoyo ...
Antonio Orihuela (Toño)
Abel Woolrich ...
Enrique Olivares
Ana Luisa Peluffo ...
Elisa de Iriarte
Fernando Balzaretti ...
Asistente de Iriarte
Juan Ángel Martínez ...
El 22
Mario Casillas ...
Detective policía
Carlos Chavez ...
Mateo García
Yogi Ruge ...
Alejandra Ortega
Cristina Baker ...
Elisa, hija
Enrique Ontiveros


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21 June 1979 (Mexico)  »

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Broken Flag  »

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A nice piece of Retes' realistic cinema
9 January 2012 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

"Bandera rota" (something like "Broken Flag") has many elements of Gabriel Retes' movies, in a genre film, a thriller: beautiful presence of Tina Romero, an artistic project (a movie in this case,, furthermore, its production is stopped by money problems), critic of social, political or economical situation in contemporary Mexico from a middle class point of view and social class or ideological conflicts, for example. Retes' characters are the voice of his very personal and critical explanations of main social problems in Mexico.

The importance of movies, media in general, and possession of important information are the elements used by Retes to develop an interesting thriller. Personal interests of characters are mixed and confused with their ideologies, giving them certain profundity, enough to maintain our interest.

This is not a great movie, but has an interesting story and it is easy to watch. Dialogues are very natural with realistic intentions (specially inside the crew of filmmakers), but this realistic motif has the inconvenient of a very lazy use of the camera, a little boring. In my opinion images could've talk more.

Violence is well manage, in the exact moment and amount, also crude and realistic, with, maybe, some memorable scenes of "Bandera rota" showing a not very common face of Retes' skills.

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