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Principio y fin (1993)

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 »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein

Writers:

Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Najeeb Mahfouz (novel) (as Naguib Mahfouz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Laguardia ... Gabriel Botero
Julieta Egurrola ... Ignacia Botero
Blanca Guerra ... Julia
Verónica Merchant ... Natalia
Bruno Bichir ... Nicolás Botero
Alberto Estrella ... Guama Botero
Alonso Echánove ... Cariñoso
Lucía Muñoz Lucía Muñoz ... Mireya Botero
Luis Felipe Tovar ... César
Julián Pastor Julián Pastor ... Luján
Luisa Huertas Luisa Huertas ... Isabel
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Absalón
Ernesto Yáñez Ernesto Yáñez ... Polvorón
Alejandro Parodi Alejandro Parodi ... Rector
Darío T. Pie Darío T. Pie ... Maurer
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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 chooses to sacrifice the destiny of her three older children, in order to protect Gabriel (Laguardia) the youngest one. She believes Gabriel will climb the social structure and bring back the lost fortune to the family. But destiny has other plans for the Boteros and tragedy will overcome eventually. Based on the novel of Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beginning and the End See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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a tragic story: one of the best 90's films
3 May 2001 | by ossanserSee all my reviews

I think this is one of the best 90's films. Ripstein's masterpiece ( I'm sure by now he knows he want make any film that equals this) is based upon a novel by Nobel awarded Naguib Mafouz. Another Mexican whose story comes from Mafouz is 'El callejón de los milagros' by Jorge Fons. The story develops the 'fall of middle class family' with as much intensity as possible. Good cast. Julieta Egurrola is great in the character of Ignacia Botero (mother of the family). In this film Ripstein catches every shade of the story and is more content than other films. The only objection I had is the last sequence of the film, which is wonderfully shot and edited but maybe not according to the general tone of the rest. I forgot to mention there's even a flair of humour.


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