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Release Date:
18 June 1999 (Mexico) See more »
This comedic drama features two young couples, and another couple of old friends who reenter the two couples lives... See more » | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Carlos and Ana and Miguel and Andrea See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order)

Demian Bichir ... Tomas

Susana Zabaleta ... Ana

Jorge Salinas ... Miguel

Cecilia Suárez ... Andrea
Víctor Huggo Martin ... Carlos
Mónica Dionne ... María
Angélica Aragón ... Carlos' mother
Laura Almela
Miguel Galván ... Truck Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wes Martinez ... Carlos
Carolina Politi

Directed by
Antonio Serrano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonio Serrano  writer

Produced by
Matthias Ehrenberg .... producer
Christian Valdelièvre .... producer
Original Music by
Aleks Syntek 
Cinematography by
Sebastian del Amo  (as Sebastian Vega del Amo)
Xavier Grobet  (as Xavier Pérez Grobet)
Film Editing by
Samuel Larson 
Art Direction by
Brigitte Broch 
Production Management
Dante Aguilar .... unit manager
Tlacateotl Mata .... post-production supervisor
Sandra Solares .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Chellet .... second assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... assistant director
Art Department
Luis Blackaller .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Eric Dounce .... foley editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastian del Amo .... director of photography: second unit (as Sebastian Vega del Amo)
Music Department
Annette Fradera .... music supervisor
Annette Fradera .... score advisor
Aleks Syntek .... music and lyrics: (song "Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas" )
Other crew
Marc Bedia .... production coordinator
Marco Polo Constandse .... production assistant
Jonas Hendrix .... production assistant
Mario P. Székely .... public relations

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sexo, pudor y lágrimas" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use
109 min
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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 »
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Carlos and Ana and Miguel and Andrea, 29 January 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

This movie clearly shows how good the Mexican cinema can be in the hands of innovative directors like Antonio Serrano. The film is based on his own play which deals basically with two couples going through some rough patch in their lives. This dramatic comedy has some light touches when a couple of friends enter the lives of the two couples, as they act as the catalyst, for resolving the differences between them. Only Ana and Carlos seem to have found a middle ground at the end of the film, while Miguel and Andrea will go their different ways.

Carlos and Ana have some serious problems. He can't bring himself to have normal sex life with his young and attractive wife. Miguel, on the other hand, is a womanizer who cheats on the beautiful Andrea every time he has the opportunity. Since both couples know one another socially, and live across the street in apartments at the same level, they end up moving into each other's places when things unravel.

The happy-go-lucky Tomas arrives back in the city from a long trip overseas and Carlos and Ana welcome him into their home. It's obvious he has known Ana more intimately before. At the same time, Maria, a zoologist, friend of Miguel, moves in with them. Things go from bad to worse and Miguel ends up moving in with Carlos, who by that time has been abandoned by Ana, who has gone across the street with the other women. The battle of the sexes begin at this time.

Damian Bichir is one of the best things in the film. As Tomas, he holds the key to understanding the complicated lives all the young people in the film lead. Mr. Serrano got excellent acting from his attractive cast. Monica Dionne, Victor Hugo Martin, Cecilia Suarez, Jorge Salinas and Susan Zabaleta complete the sextet.

Technically, this film has great visual style. It's a sophisticated look at a the upwardly mobile class of the Mexican society. Xavier Perez Grobet gives a magnificent look to the movie. The music by Alek Syntek compliments what we watch on the screen well. Antonio Serrano has to be congratulated for a picture that stands apart from others coming from Mexico by his understanding of the people involved.

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