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Purgatorio (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 May 2009 (Mexico)
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Three novellas are connected by the character of Don Julio. The old man lives alone in a hacienda which is being absorbed by the huge Mexico City. Don Julio escapes from the surrounding ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Cynthia Agatón ...
Prostituta 6
Don Julio
Paulina Aroch ...
Joven Muerta
Cynthia Banderas ...
Prostituta 4
Fidel Cerda ...
Martha Dalia ...
Adriana Del Castillo ...
Prostituta 3
Felipe Fulop ...
Armando García ...
Alex Hank ...
Marga Hernández ...
Prostituta 2
Rosaura Hernández ...
Mujer del pueblo
Evangelina Martínez ...
Justo Martínez ...


Three novellas are connected by the character of Don Julio. The old man lives alone in a hacienda which is being absorbed by the huge Mexico City. Don Julio escapes from the surrounding reality into the world of memories. Images from the past are so strong that they reawaken his old love for aunt Cecilia and young Clotilde. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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8 May 2009 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Czysciec  »

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Try to Stay Awake for the Fireworks
30 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most pretentious of the many pretentious art movies I've seen. Why do I see so many? It's become, for me, almost like watching unintentionally funny movies. I like to see just how self-enamored the directors of these things can get.

So, yes. The Oscar may win for funniest bad movie, but this might win for most precious piece of artistic excess ever committed. Oh, some other directors have tried-- Tarkovsky with his five minute scenes of window curtains blowing in the wind; Jean Rollin with his stunning depictions of people walking... and... we're... walking; even one of my favorite directors, Pasolini, who also has some incredibly endless walking scenes to his credit.

This one at least has a lot of variety in its boring scenes. That may partly be because it's based on three different short stories, but I think it takes a singular kind of twisted genius to wring boredom out of so many different types of scenes and three different plot lines within the space of a mere 90 minutes. And I'm not talking about curtains blowing in the wind or ascetics trudging through b&w deserts here, folks. There are sex scenes, bloody ghosts, violent killings, even fireworks. literally. Fireworks. And still I had trouble watching this movie for more than ten minutes at a time without falling asleep.

So this director's name-- Rochin-- must be whispered in the reverent tones generally reserved for such greats as Ed Wood.

Oh, according to the notes accompanying this movie, it shows 'the modernization of Mexico.' I was wrong, then. I thought it showed directors how to put viewers to sleep.

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