In the early morning hours, two elderly whores go back to their hovels. They are not tired from working. They are tired of not doing do. One has problems at home with her teenage daughter ... See full summary »
Leticia Gómez Rivera,
Based on the Greek tragedy MEDEA, this is a present day Mexican version, set in the seediest possible milieu of Mexico City. A woman abandoned by her husband, is thrown out of her apartment... See full summary »
Patricia Reyes Spíndola,
Luis Felipe Tovar
The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife)... See full summary »
In Vera Cruz in the 1940s, Nacho, an Indian, waits tables at Don Lázaro's café at Hotel Ofélia. He falls for Lola, an opium-addicted, alcoholic whore who's hopelessly in love with Gardenia ... See full summary »
Luis Felipe Tovar,
Patricia Reyes Spíndola
The film tells the story of the Boteros, a middle-class Mexican family struggling against poverty after their father's death. Ignacia (Egurrola) is the Boteros mother, a desperate woman who... See full summary »
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »
A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow, if someone sees it ..."). He is very ... See full summary »
A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent.... See full summary »
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »
Ernesto Gómez Cruz,
Pretentious kitsch soap opera that could be good but looks like bad theater
This movie had some potential to succeed, as its plot allowed a better outcome. Though, it did not happen, probably due to bad choices taken by director Arturo Ripstein. Everything is too little realistic, full of cliché, looking very much like (bad) theater. Overacting is the rule, particularly when it comes to the main character, Emilia. As a matter of fact, she and her husband achieve the goal of portraying a dysfunctional family: her character, the most developed one, is clearly a woman who is not able to take care of her own life - including by keeping the apartment reasonably neat -, and she is much less able to be a careful mother. She has a serious problem in the way she deals with men, as she always needs them sexually desperately, but also despises those who are not mean to her, like her passive and apathetic husband. Spectator really feels how depressing is such situation. However, with very bad dialogs and the soap-opera style kitsch dialogs, the result is bad anyway. The usage of black and white and innovative camera movements with a wet or dirty and decaying background could be viewed as a great cinematography, but I understand it as just a pretentious disguise for a problematic content. Indeed, it reinforces the exaggerated theater-like style. Sexism is another drawback, an element present throughout the movie, and it is not clear if it is a cultural problem, a screenplay problem (which would be weird, as the writer is a woman) or an unsuccessful social critic.
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