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Tear This Heart Out (2008)

Arráncame la vida (original title)
Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Catalina Guzman
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Andres Ascencio
José María de Tavira ...
Carlos Vives
Mariana Peñalva ...
Mercedes
Irene Azuela ...
Bárbara
Jake Koenig ...
Mike Heiss
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Pepa
Danna Paola ...
Lilia Ascencio - Age 12
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Metztli Adamina ...
Eufemia
Alain ...
Marcos
Jorge Almada ...
Gral. Aguilar
Andrea Arámburo ...
Adriana
Marta Aura ...
Josefina
Carmen Beato ...
Doña Elena
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Don Marcos
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Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

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Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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12 September 2008 (Mexico)  »

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Arranca-me a Vida  »

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Based partially in the life of General Maximiano Avila Camacho, brother of the Mexican president Manuel Avila Camacho. He was governor of Puebla from 1937 to 1941 and served as secretary of public works in his brother's Cabinet. He was infamous for being ruthless, arrogant and violent with his political enemies. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Catalina Guzman: [narrating] Many things happened in the country that year. Among other things, I met Andres at a cafe under the arches. Where else could it be? Everything happens in Puebla. From courtships to murders. As if no other place existed.
Andres Ascencio: They're a bunch of pricks.
Catalina Guzman: Who is?
Andres Ascencio: Just say yes. I can see in your eyes that you agree.
Catalina Guzman: Okay, but who are you talking about?
Andres Ascencio: All of them. Who else?
Catalina Guzman: [narrating again] Of course I agree. To me, "all of them" were the people from Puebla who acted as if they ...
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Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
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You shouldn't miss this movie
18 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I read Angeles Mastreta's book when it first came out and I just loved it. She's written some more afterwards, but I never really liked them as I enjoyed "Arrancame la vida". When I knew that a movie about this story was going to be done I read the book again, and to be honest I went to see the movie with the intention of reinforce that "stories are always better read in books, than depicted in movies". Well I was wrong.

To my agreeable surprise I enjoyed every minute of it, just as much as I did reading the book for the first time. You easily digest a witty yet sarcastic story, picturing a post revolutionary country society that grabs you from the very first second. All the charactersare very well pictured and the scenery is just perfect.

Thank you for this kind of Mexican cinema: enjoyable, brilliant and proudly capable of the quality to be appreciated by any kind of audience of the world.


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