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Cassandra (2008)

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Euripides' Greek tragedy, "The Trojan Women" is played out on the edge of a rocky desolate Mexican border town in this poetic reinterpretation by Director Mauricio Chernovetzky.

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On the edge of a rocky desolate Mexican border town is a makeshift bar and brothel called "Las Mujeres de Troya," whose only patrons are soldiers from the other side. Doña Hecuba, the bar's proprietress, routinely overlooks the preparations for the night shift. But this evening fate intervenes in the form of Agamemnon, a powerful General from across the border, who has sent for Doña Hecuba's uncorrupted, enigmatic daughter, Cassandra. Doña Hecuba's desperate pleas are powerless against Cassandra's mysterious and fateful volition, which compels her to submit to Agamemnon. Her decision to cross the border takes us beyond the barriers of the flesh to the very limits of perception. Written by Anonymous

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Euripides' tragedy "The Trojan Women" is played out on the edge of a desolate Mexican border town.

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Wonderful Atmospheric Piece
27 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dark, interesting, mysterious. A real cinematic experience. It's an interesting exercise, taking Euripedes story as a launching point for the border "wars" between the US and Mexico.

It might be confusing if you aren't familiar with the play, but anyone who appreciates or has seen, The Trojan Women. It's a real treat.

The place they shot in Mexico seems to exist in dreams, but it would be a wonderful place to visit.

The ending is amazing as well. The last 10 minutes have almost no dialog, just cinema speaking.

Should be shown in drama schools.


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