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El diario íntimo de una cabaretera (1989)

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Angélica Chain ...
Jessica / Angélica
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Marcelo
Pedro Infante Jr. ...
Fulvio, the Warden (as Pedro Infante)
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Martha, Marcelo's Lover
Jeannette Mass ...
Inmate (as Janette Mass)
Jacaranda Alfaro ...
Inmate
Claudio Báez
César Bono
Roberto Ballesteros ...
Daniel, Chief of the Guards
Ana Luisa Peluffo ...
Inmate
Roberto Palazuelos
Lorena Herrera ...
Inmate
Michelle Mayer ...
Inmate
Alicia Camps ...
Inmate
Oralia Olvera ...
Inmate
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Curiously compelling rubbish
24 March 2006 | by (Cuernavaca, Mexico) – See all my reviews

I can think of nothing to recommend this movie, apart from the fact that for some reason I watched it all the way through. The plot is pure soap opera - identical twins are orphaned, grow up separately and live contrasting lives - one lives an honest, hardworking life with her honest hardworking husband, a diamond struggling hard to reform a corrupt prison. The other is a prostitute and chancer, turning tricks on clients, running insurance scams, golddigging her way through wealthy husbands and living an amoral life. The film follows their two lives in parallel, jumping between the two plot lines that cross infrequently and tenuously, until finally limping towards a frankly rubbish ending.

Thinking hard, one of the best aspects of the film are the hairstyles. Truly frightening 80's monstrosities, they were clearly built by architects rather than hairstylists, and are a flashback to the decade that taste forgot. The hairspray employed in this film must have been responsible for half the ozone hole alone, let alone most of the budget. Which is a shame, as if they'd spent it on scriptwriters who can write, actors who can act, a director who can direct etc you might have got a half decent film. Even the music is frightening, odd synth stabs blasting in at the wrong moment, screechy wails robbing the film of any atmosphere or coherence.

For fans of 80's fashion, towering hairstyles, distorted synth, high camp and irredeemably awful cinema. And mass catfights. It does have a great mass catfight, I'll concede that.


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