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Sin dejar huella (2000)
Excellent road movie
I very much enjoyed this film about two women (and a nursling) driving across Mexico and being chased by a mysterious red car. We got to see a lot of the country, hear a lot of good music, see a friendship develop in a believable manner, plus two separate mysteries were both solved. There was also a bit of humor. It held my attention all the way through. I thought that the actors were all quite well cast. I would have to say I preferred it to "Thelma and Louise".
The DVD let you choose Engish or Spanish subtitles. In my opinion it was well translated and would be a pleasant way to study/practice/keep up on your Spanish (or maybe your English?) I gave it an 8 out of 10. I guess in order to bring it up to a 9 or ten I would have liked to see "Ana"'s character and life fleshed out some more, and would have liked some good romance. Of course the romance would have made it more of an escapist fairy tale and less realistic.
Looking forward to more from this great filmmaker!
Jack the Dog (2001)
Men Are Dogs, But People Too
I was drawn into this unusual independent film on cable. I call it unusual because how often are men really truthful about their actions and desires? I felt the man who made this wanted to be understood.
If you like it, make sure to catch the follow-up film called "Manhood". I felt so lucky to stumble across it. The actors who play Jack, Faith, and their son are in this one too. How lucky is that! Jack's relationship with his son is touching, and rings very true.
I hope there will be a third installment here, making this a trilogy. Can Jack overcome his inner dog? I believe men are really like this, and am so impressed with the honesty here.
Just a note on the music, there is Bruce Springsteen music in both films. I don't think "The Boss" allowed his songs to be used here because he needed the money. Check it out!