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Cilantro y perejil (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  12 September 1998 (Singapore)
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This is a comedy about couples from the same family, hit by the economic crisis in Mexico. The plot turns around the eternal question of whether it is worth it to live as a couple.

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Arcelia Ramírez ...
Susana Limón
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Carlos Rodríguez
Germán Dehesa ...
Psiquiatra
Rodolfo Arias ...
Enrique
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Vicky
Juan Manuel Bernal ...
Jorge
Alpha Acosta ...
Nora (as Alpha)
Angélica Aragón ...
Teresa
Alfredo Sevilla ...
Rodrigo
Leticia Huijara ...
Melita
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Francisco
Mercedes Pascual ...
Adela
Alejandro Bichir ...
Genaro
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Capitán
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Arizmendi
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This is a comedy about couples within the same family, striken by crisis, leading to the philosophical and practical question: is it worthwhile to stay together? Susana and Carlos have been married for ten years. He works all day to survive the economic crisis, and she leaves him. Her younger sister, Nora, films the separation for a school project, and tries to save her own relationship with Jorge, a young rock and roll musician. Even the children of Susana and Carlos are not spared the conflicts. And Adela, Susana's grandmother, finds love with Genaro, an antiques aficionado. The answers and conclusions in the film are fun, unpredictable, and very human. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »
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Recipes to Stay Together  »

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When Susana is at the dating agency, she sees a photo and says that the man in the photo could be her husband's twin brother. The man in the photo is Bruno Bichir (Demian Bichir's brother). See more »

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Mexican version of Desperate Housewives, full of scientific thesis upon Love
10 September 2008 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Recipes to Stay Together (Cilantro y Perejil) is a movie about love and love after marriage, which are two separate issues according to the narrator(a psychoanalyst).

We meet a married couple arguing on each others' opinions and negligence as if they are playing a sitcom episode. As the story progresses they separate, so the most popular clichés begins to occur: Financial sharing, children sharing, responsibility sharing... The woman starts to believe she is not yet found her real love, and to believe perfect man exists for her. Also the man starts to have flirtations with new women, love affairs with his secretary. Love becomes a shield against loneliness, and a way to escape from the truth that they are meant for each other. Anytime they coincide together, they become jealous of each other's happiness, knowing that in fact they are not happy separately.

With a very trite plot and nothing new, merely acting comes to the focus. Because the movie is full of sexualities(not nudity) viewers' attention is pointed to the actors. Musical score helps us out to put some more concern into the husband's and wife's thoughts and expectations. As an optimistic statement says that everything in life deserves a second chance; whereupon we find the sweethearts coming back together through another coincidence.

Love is being analyzed within monogamy, despite the lovers' betrayals. Each of them betrayed the other to end up with accepting they are still in love.

In conclusion, the only good reason to watch this movie is if you believe in monogamy and think that way as everybody loves just once in a lifetime.


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