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Danzón (1991)

Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday ... See full summary »

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María Novaro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Rojo ... Julia Solórzano
Carmen Salinas ... Doña Tí
Tito Vasconcelos Tito Vasconcelos ... Susy
Margarita Isabel Margarita Isabel ... Silvia
Víctor Carpinteiro Víctor Carpinteiro ... Rubén
Cheli Godínez Cheli Godínez ... Tere
Daniel Rergis Daniel Rergis ... Carmelo
Adyari Cházaro Adyari Cházaro ... Perla
Blanca Guerra ... Colorada
César Sobrevals César Sobrevals ... Chucho
Mikhail Kaminin Mikhail Kaminin ... Russian sailor
Rodrigo Gómez Rodrigo Gómez ... Malena
Sergio Colmenares Sergio Colmenares ... Karla
Ángel de Valle Ángel de Valle ... Yadira
Luis Gerardo Luis Gerardo ... Juan El Padrote
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Storyline

Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday Julia does the danzon with Carmelo (Rergis) in the old "Salon Colonia". They've danced for years but barely know each other. One night Carmelo disappears without a trace. Feeling lonely and sad, Julia takes a train to Veracruz, where she knows Carmelo has a brother. That sudden trip will change Julia's life forever. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 1991 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Elämän tahdit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,096, 27 September 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$360,158
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Granada
Music by Agustín Lara
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Wonderful!
14 June 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I just saw Danzon at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery, which was selected as part of the theme for Milestones in Mexican Cinema. It was a wonderful, simple story about a woman who's love of dance forces her to realize her independence.

Danzon director María Rojo stars as Julia Solórzano, a timid working class woman (just to show you the cultural and economic differences between the states and Mexico, it was 1989 when this movie was released, and they were talking about the "modernization plan" and the development of 'long distance telephone'). At night, she and the girls from work go to the popular Mexican night spots and spend the night dancing the Danzón.

When her Danzón partner mysteriously disappears without word (although there are several rumors), she feels completely helpless. Dancing is what she loves to do, and with Carmelo (her dance partner) gone, she falls into a state of disrepair.

Julia takes a trip to Veracruz, where Carmelo was from (this being where the majority of the film takes place), and looks for him. There, she meets several interesting people, and her friendship forces her to rethink things about herself, namely her independence.

Danzón is a wonderful, funny, and simple story, qualities that I had appreciated more after having seen the pretentious Adaptation. There is something about Julia and the townspeople that are so interesting, and so engaging, even though the point is so simplistic. Among the best characters in the film were Carmen Salinas as Doña Tí and Tito Vasconcelos as Susy (Julia's cross dressing friend who is perhaps the funniest character in the whole movie). I recommend seeing it.


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