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The other family

7/10
Author: jotix100 from New York
26 September 2011

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Jean Paul and Chema are a gay couple that has been together for ten years. One can see their relationship is solid, proved to be real, as they decide to get married. In a macho dominated society the union between two men is a rarity that came to be legal only recently. It is clear these two men are in love and have decided to make a commitment that speaks loudly than words.

When Nina, a drug addict is sent to prison, her young son, Hendrix, is left to fend for himself. A friend, Ivana, a lesbian in a serious relationship with Gloria, decides to bring the boy to her friends Jean Paul and Chema. The men, uneasy at first, take a liking to the little boy whose innocence captures their hearts. After the initial misgivings, the couple end up loving Hendrix. Unfortunately, Nina wants her son back. Because of her connection with unsavory characters, the plight of the boy takes center stage for criminals that want to sell the boy to a wealthy couple. Jean Paul, and especially Chema, will fight to stand by the boy.

Directed by Gustavo Loza with sure hand, this Mexican entry surprises because of the way the subject matter is treated with honesty in dealing with the issue. Mr. Loza, who also wrote the screenplay, presents us with a drama that in other hands might have degenerated into a sensational account of the two gay couples that are being examined. That, and the fate of the boy, with an uncertain future, is examined with a clarity that speaks volumes as to the intentions of the creator of the film.

There are solid appearances by Jorge Salinas and Luis Guzman as Jean Paul and Chema. The actors do a solid job in the way they approached their roles to make them real. Young Bruno Loza, whom one suspects is the son of the director, is perfectly sweet, in a surprising performance. Ana Serradilla, Ana Soler, Nailea Norvind and the great Carmen Salinas contribute to the over all excellence of the film.

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"When help comes from people like us, it's never going to be seen with good eyes..."

10/10
Author: NathanProvidence
11 October 2016

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"When help comes from people like us, it's never going to be seen with good eyes. To accept our condition, one either has to be really smart or really fuc_king dumb. Because, life doesn't give you tools to deal with this." This quote describes what the movie is all about. And this also reflects the situation of the same-sex couples who are trying to build a family through adoption or surrogacy.

This, as of writing, is the best gay-themed movie I've watched and I already watched a lot of gay-themed movies http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073004755/ and gay-themed short films http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073009067/. This film has outstanding acting, modern and enlightening take on how science and technology change the dynamics of having a child and a poignant, unfair yet optimistic juxtaposition of heterosexual and homosexual couples wanting to build a family.

This film is about family dynamics. Family dynamics of a male-male couple who was given a chance to experience having a family. Family dynamics of a female-female couple trying a complicated surrogacy motherhood. Family dynamics of a heterosexual couple who experienced miscarriage and is thinking of adoption. This movie is also about the connections of these family dynamics. This movie will make you smile, will make you laugh, will make you cry, will make you learn something and will make you question society with regard to LGBT - Its more acceptable, but is that enough? We need more of this eye- opening kind of movies. This is one of the channels the LGBT community can use to fight homophobia. This is highly recommended to everyone - gay, straight, young and old!

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A nice idea, but makes for an unpleasant viewing

4/10
Author: palitodecanela from Mexico
9 January 2013

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Mexican cinema is not for the faint at heart. This film in particular is well acted but filled with violence and gratuitous nudity. One of the fathers, the one who is reluctant at first, is especially convincing and the child is very endearing, but this isn't enough to warrant an evening of watching people making wrong decisions and paying a high price. But if you are really intent on watching it, I suggest playing only the scenes where the young boy is getting acquainted with his new family, which involve the two fathers, the Gardener and the maid. Those are are really lovely. The dancing towards the end to a song by Mexican singer Daniela Romo is a riot. Love her! Unfortunately that's not enough. The disc will end up on my mango tree, so as to repel bats at night.

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