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Sex, Shame & Tears (1999)

Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (original title)
This comedic drama features two young couples, and another couple of old friends who reenter the two couples lives. The story takes place mostly in two apartments across the street from ... See full summary »

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This comedic drama features two young couples, and another couple of old friends who reenter the two couples lives. The story takes place mostly in two apartments across the street from each other in Mexico City at the end of the millenium. Intellectual Carlos is not offering as much love as wife Ana needs. Tomas, a world-traveling friend of the couple reappears after many years abroad. Across the street, womanizing executive Miguel and suffering wife Andrea are joined by visiting friend Maria. The presence of guests Tomas and Maria triggers lust, rejection, infidelities, reconciliation and other consequences of suppressed love and marital relations, among the six friends-three guys and three girls. Written by ElianaG

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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18 June 1999 (Mexico)  »

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It was the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time (at the Mexican box office), until it was surpassed by _El Crimen del padre Amaro (2002)_ See more »

Quotes

María: Men look for a woman that is a lady at he table and a slut in bed.
Ana: Well, I've always been a lady in bed and a slut at the table.
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Remade as Sexo, Amor e Traição (2004) See more »

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Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas
Written and Performed by Aleks Syntek
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Uncompromising flat view of the 90's Mexican society sex life.
9 October 1999 | by (Guadalajara, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Yes. I'll admit it. I believed all the hype surrounding this piece of work, about the trials and tribulations of 6 people, living in Mexico City concerning their sexual lives. And so, I was really expecting to finally see a Mexican movie (in ages) that was both popular and interesting to watch. Unfortunately the film was utterly disappointing. The story presents us with two couples, both with very obvious marital problems. When a third party comes into the life of each couple, their problems reach a pivotal point. Or absolute absurd. The plot then turns into a battle of the sexes. The stance taken by each group (yes, they literally group, girls with girls and boys with boys) is blatantly stupid and childish (I guess the humor was supposed to be there). And it all goes from bad to worse. The performances range from good (Miss Zavaleta) to mediocre (Mr Bichir), with Serrano doing an acceptable job on his opera prima. However, the flat circumstances that make up the plot, the one-dimensional characters, the very poor (if not stupid) perception of what sex represents in a mature relationship etc, make the movie fail. Miserably. SPyL has had an (impressive) good reception at the box-office. Believe the hype at your own risk.


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