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12 January 2001 (Spain) See more »
Based on the Greek tragedy MEDEA, this is a present day Mexican version, set in the seediest possible milieu of Mexico City... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Arcelia Ramírez ... Julia

Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... Adela, The Godmother
Luis Felipe Tovar ... Nicolás
Ernesto Yáñez ... La Marrana
Alejandra Montoya ... Teenager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marta Aura (as Martha Aura)
Daniela Carvajal
Constanza Cavalli
Beto Alonso Gil
Francesca Guillén ... Raquel
Osami Kawano
Loló Navarro
Andrés Weiss
Marco Zapata

Directed by
Arturo Ripstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paz Alicia Garciadiego 
Lucio Anneo Seneca  play "Medea"

Produced by
Álvaro Garnica .... producer
Laura Imperiale .... producer
Jorge Sánchez .... producer
Original Music by
Leoncio Lara 
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Guillermo Granillo 
Film Editing by
Carlos Puente 
Casting by
Manuel Teil 
Production Design by
Claudio Contreras 
Costume Design by
Leticia Palacios 
Makeup Department
Jorge Siller .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Walter Navas .... production manager
Art Department
Arturo Lazcano .... painter
Sound Department
Antonio Diego .... sound engineer
Eduardo Vaisman .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
María Raquel Dioni .... electrician
Editorial Department
Salvador Flores .... assistant editor
Vanessa Hernández .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Raymundo Díaz-González .... assistant production manager: production

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Also Known As:
"Así es la vida..." - Mexico (original title)
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Germany:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Version of A Dream of Passion (1978)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A gripping drama that leaves you gasping, 22 December 2003
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

The format of this film is typically theatrical. There are many soliloquies in which the character tells us how hard life is, the misfortunes that have beset the family and the uncertainty of the future. There are discussions between mother and daughter, arguments between husband and wife, and threats from an unrelenting landlord. There is a very slow fade between the numerous scenes like a theatrical curtain change. Surprisingly there is also a chorus of four who appear at odd times with appropriate songs. They philosophize on life as in some Greek drama. And why not? This happens to be a modern Mexican version of the classical Greek play "Medea".

I normally dislike modern versions of the classics....often experimental attempts at presenting something different that is rarely successful. Not so here. This is an amazing drama that should not be missed. It is so different, so unique, so powerful it will remain in your thoughts for days. What we see on the screen is no fairy story. It is as relevant to-day as in the days of ancient Greece. Just read the daily newspapers and you will see what I mean.

Nicolas a young and not so successful boxer is supported by his wife Julia who dabbles in herbal mixtures and witchcraft to augment the family income. They have two young children. When Nicolas falls in love with the landlord's daughter and seeks a divorce, the future of the children becomes a major concern. The outcome is horrendous.

Nicolas and Julia pour out their intimate thoughts as we watch the love that once they had for each other evaporate before our eyes. There is a sense of tragedy and impending doom wonderfully portrayed by the actors as we watch helplessly in desperation and the chorus from time to time reinforces our thoughts.

I liked very much the summing up by Nicolas in the final scene. Whenever tragedy overtakes us, it is difficult to assert who is to blame. The message in the film seems to suggest that it is rarely the fault of one person. Indeed,we must all accept some share in the responsibility. Such is life!

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