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Eréndira (1983)

While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in ... See full summary »

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Grandmother Amadis
Claudia Ohana ...
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Senator Onésimo Sanchez
Oliver Wehe ...
Ulysses
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Photographer
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Ulysses' mother
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Grocer
Pierre Vaneck ...
Ulysses' father
Carlos Cardán ...
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Humberto Elizondo ...
Blacaman
Jorge Fegán ...
Army commander
Paco Mauri ...
Postman (as Francisco Mauri)
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Martín Palomares ...
Escort
Salvador Garcini ...
Puppet-player
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While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in order to extract restitution from the girl, forces her into prostitution. Erendira's surreal mystical experiences continue while her grandmother grows rich from exploiting her. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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1 June 1984 (Mexico)  »

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Based on the story "La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y su abuela desalmada" ("The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"), by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. See more »

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Erendira: There was enough poison to kill a million rats.
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Tortuga
By Pierre Dumarchais and Georges Van Parys
Performed by Germaine Montero
Éditions Pathé Marceau EMI
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A Thing of Beauty
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this lovely work of art does use some of the cinematic vocabulary of surrealism, it is in fact nothing of the sort. It is a political and cultural allegory of Mexico's post-Columbian odyssey, as even a passing glance at Mexico's history will attest.

In contrast to "Like Water for Chocolate," "Erendira" expects the viewer to meet it at least half way so that understanding it takes a little work. (A good starting point is to see the grandmother character as Spain: proud, aloof, sorrowful and, above all else, weighed-down-with-history.)

The ultimate actions of the heroine are obscure because the "outcome" of history (i.e. the present) is always obscure, since we are too close to it for honest evaluation. Refusal to neatly tie up loose ends is the only real choice available to the director, given the ambitions of the film.

"Erendira" is gorgeous. A big-screen experience would be ideal, if you can catch it at a local art house or university screening. But if not, VHS is better than never seeing it at all.


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