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Santitos (1999)

When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.
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Credited cast:
Dolores Heredia ... Esperanza
Demián Bichir ... Cacomixtle (as Demian Bichir)
Alberto Estrella ... Ángel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Altamirano Pedro Altamirano ... Ministerio Público
Roberto Cobo ... Doña Trini
Roger Cudney ... Scott Haines
Mónica Dionne Mónica Dionne ... La Morena
Juan Duarte Juan Duarte ... Fidencio
Josefina Echánove ... La Profesora
Felipe Ehrenberg Felipe Ehrenberg ... Alto
María Amparo Escandón ... La Adicional
Ana Bertha Espín ... Soledad
Edwarda Gurrola Edwarda Gurrola ... Paloma (as Flor Eduarda Gurrola)
Miguel Gurza Miguel Gurza ... Panteonero
Pilar Ixquic Mata ... La Flaca


When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Charming but uneven
14 June 1999 | by aztecpSee all my reviews

Santitos has many wonderful things: great photography by Xavier Perez Grobet, some good acting, particularly by Demian Bichir, and the supporting actors, excellent art direction, a nice sense of humor, a good music score by Carlo Nicolau. Its weaknesses are a wooden performance by the actress who plays Esperanza, the main character. With a better, more expressive actor, this movie could have soared, since she has to carry the bulk of it. She's lovely to look at, but her performance lacks character. The story drags on a little bit too long and doesn't really seem to have much of a point. As is typical in Mexico it seems that women can only be either saints or whores -- and the novel and screenplay were written by a woman! However, it's a promising first film by Alejandro Springall and will undoubtedly delight fans of the "Like Water for Chocolate" school of magical realism.

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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Traveling Saints See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Dolby Digital


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