A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent ... See full summary »
Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday ... See full summary »
Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn't completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must ... See full summary »
Paula Galinelli Hertzog,
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important ... See full summary »
Jorge Michel Grau
Diego Casas Anaya
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next ... See full summary »
This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly ... See full summary »
A lyrical yet forceful version of contemporary women's lives
Las Buenas Hierbas directed by Maria Novaro repeats a theme becoming somewhat commonplace in contemporary cinema: the relationship between mother and daughter, especially when daughtering has to become mothering. This film is untidy, certainly, but also lyrical and persuasive, with competent and convincing acting in the principal roles. The director has structured the script into chapters, with pauses between characterized by semi-still, semi-animated images from ancient herbal dictionaries, lending a historical and intellectual air to the story which matches the personality, fast deteriorating, of the mother. Woven into the main plot which describes in a number of both brilliantly scripted and improvised scenes how "young" sufferers from Alzheimers disease tend to fail fast, are several subplots dealing with a neighbor's desperate regret that she was unable to shield her granddaughter, portrayed as a ghostly permanent quinceanera, from murder; the daughter Dalia (beautifully played by Ursula Pruneda)and her casual affair with a very young acquaintance -- which seems irrelevant, except perhaps to emphasize her natural vitality, her lack of scruples despite her interest in the socio-political world around (emphasized also through the critical broadcasts at the independent radio station where she works). One might argue for a tighter script and more stringent editing; but the delicacy and forcefulness of the central characterizations reveal an unfortunate truth that will affect more and more of us -- especially women, especially daughters, as we age.
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