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Cilantro y perejil (1998)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arcelia Ramírez ...
Susana Limón
Carlos Rodríguez
Germán Dehesa ...
Rodolfo Arias ...
Juan Manuel Bernal ...
Alpha Acosta ...
Nora (as Alpha)
Angélica Aragón ...
Alfredo Sevilla ...
Leticia Huijara ...
Mercedes Pascual ...
Alejandro Bichir ...
Juan Carlos Colombo ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »


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12 September 1998 (Singapore)  »

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Cilantro y perejil  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Quirky, fresh twist on an unconventional romance film
10 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film Cilantro y Perejil is a good example of a film that has more to it than meets the eye. Although the film is full of clichés that could possibly happen throughout many people's lives, the way in which the film is presented has a funny twist to it that sets it apart from most of films about marriage and monogamy. In Cilantro y Perejil the main character's sister, Nora, is constantly interviewing people for a project, therefore making it a film within a film. She catches many moments that would not usually be in a typical romantic comedy that adds a very different element to the film.

Also, there is a psychiatrist in the film that throughout the scenes gives his commentary and professional advice about love, marriage and monogamy. His wording and personality add as a comic relief to the film and keep things interesting for the viewer. The director does a great job of making the viewer experience the same emotions as the characters through all of the down to earth and awkward situations that happen in day to day life.

The film is worth seeing for anyone who has a sense of humor and an interest in seeing the dynamics of a less than perfect marriage, and all that goes along with it.

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