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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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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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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 Medea (1988) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pathologically overwrought, 7 September 2003
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

The sublime, visual poeticness of `El Coronel no tiene quién le escriba' (qv), without any doubt one of the most beautiful films in Spanish from either side of the Atlantic, used beautiful photography, music and two excellent actors to build up an exquisitely atmospheric film evoking sincere pathos, such that the impact is tenderly psychological.

With `Así es la Vida' all that has gone; the subtleties of `El Coronel no tiene quién le escriba' (Gabriel García Marquez) are thrown out in favour of double-handed axe blows which obviate the outcome way before you get there. It seems as if Arturo Ripstein sought to bombard the spectator into oblivion with a pathologically overwrought story reaching extremes of visual violence which are not really justified. In this, his wife, Paz Alicia Garciadiego, is to blame. Her careful adaptation of Gabriel García Marquez's short novel, here becomes a `machaconic' bombast of disproportionate savagery. The film kills itself from its own blunt heavy-handedness, such that one tends to think that Mrs. Garciadiego-Ripstein was hell-bent on vomiting up her own masochistic `macho' feelings, rather than telling the story in a more heart-felt way: the result on the viewer may well have been just as powerful, without resorting to such exaggerated extremes.

Neither the presence of Tovar nor Yáñez lend much to the proceedings, unfortunately: the film derails around them. Added to that is the frustration of trying to work out a very marked Mexican accent which often left me half-guessing some of the dialogues. I do not usually have any difficulty with the regional varieties of Spanish on the American side of the Atlantic, but in this film, the going was definitely `muy chingadera'.

I hope that a far better conclusion can be made after seeing the next Ripstein-Garciadiego film – `La Virgen de la Lujuria' – with Ariadna Gil and Juan Diego. If not, I can only suggest that Ripstein change scriptwriter, if not wife………..

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