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Por la libre (2000)

Rocco (Osvaldo Benavides) and Rodrigo (Rodrigo Cachero) are cousins, but they're not at all alike. Rocco is the loose one, Rodrigo's uptight. But when their grandfather Rodrigo Carnicero (... See full summary »

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Rocco
Rodrigo Cachero ...
Rodrigo
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Maria
Otto Sirgo ...
Rodrigo Sr.
Pilar Ixquic Mata ...
Pureza (as Pilar Mata)
Alejandro Tommasi ...
Luis
Gina Morett ...
Perla
Alexia Witt ...
Irina
Emilio Cortés ...
Roger
Héctor Ortega ...
Felipe
Xavier Massé ...
Rodrigo Carnicero
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Rocco (Osvaldo Benavides) and Rodrigo (Rodrigo Cachero) are cousins, but they're not at all alike. Rocco is the loose one, Rodrigo's uptight. But when their grandfather Rodrigo Carnicero (Xavier Masse) dies, the two are forced to hit the road in an old car provided by the late Rodrigo and take the old man's ashes to the sea. The cousins clash, bond and finally reach their destination. There, they have an eye-opening series of experiences as they try to fulfill their grandfather's last wishes.

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use
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13 October 2000 (Mexico)  »

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Dust to Dust  »

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Pureza: Papa, I'm pregnant.
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unfortunately more Spanish than Mexican
23 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While definitely not as popular as the later "Y tu Mama' tambien", "Por La Libre" is a slice of dysfunctional family life among Mexico City's "fresa" or elite class. The film takes its name from a colloquial expression referring to traveling on Mexican roads; you can go on the toll roads (de cuota) or the federal/free ones "por la libre"...a point which the two cousins argue over that ultimately influences the entire direction of their trip/the film. The cinematography and overall was definitely well done, but the overall "feel" of the film really doesn't do justice to Mexican cinema. In fact, though it does manage to capture/portray many of the most common hypocritical and distasteful aspects of upper-class Mexican society (especially those with Spanish emigres among them), the film comes off more as Spanish (maybe because of the patriarch and his friend having such prominent roles). Interesting...but not at all ground-breaking.


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