National Mechanics (1972)
"Mecánica nacional" (original title)

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A mechanic takes his family to a car race and a series of events occur which brings problems, betrayals, violence and the unexpected death of an elderly person.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manolo Fábregas ...
Eufemio (as Manuel Fábregas)
Lucha Villa ...
Héctor Suárez ...
Sara García ...
Doña Lolita
Alma Muriel ...
Pancho Córdova ...
Güero Corrales
Aurora Clavel ...
Sábanas wife
Alejandro Ciangherotti ...
Fabián Aranza ...
El Apache (as Fabian)
Fernando Casanova ...
Pilar Bayona ...
Blond Girl in White
Carlos Piñar ...
Blond guy in white
Gloria Marín ...
Maritza Olivares ...
Fabiola Falcón ...


Love, food, sex and death mix together in an explosive cocktail when a mechanic (Fábregas) takes his family (old granny Sara García included) to attend a car race. The innocent picnic becomes a feast, but then the old granny dies. Written by Maximiliano Maza <>

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28 December 1972 (Mexico)  »

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Autós hétvége  »

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Making fun of Mexico.
6 December 2002 | by (longBeach,ca.) – See all my reviews

This is a satirical look at Mexican contemporary life. It makes fun of its culture in many ways. Even though it has many dramatic and serious moments, it's a very effective comedy.

The movie is simply about two families from Mexico City that go camping to the mountains outside the city overnight to see the conclusion of a cross country car race. Most of the movie takes place the night before the race. There is a lot of drinking, dancing, and many other things that happen in a big party. And there's like two hundred vehicles camping waiting for the race the next day.

The results are quite funny, specially the climax of the movie, that's a sequence you won't want to miss. It shows the conflict of Latin American principles and traditions against the American/European influence of the car race, and you may be amused when you see which influence is winning. And the very popular Mexican mariachi song played at the end of the movie is very effective at being cynical. (I don't remember the name of the song).

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