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Luminarias (1999)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Four professional women meet at an East Los Angeles restaurant called Luminarias to share secrets about their careers, love, family, and sex.

Writers:

Evelina Fernández (play), Evelina Fernández (screenplay)
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelina Fernández ... Andrea
Scott Bakula ... Joseph
Cheech Marin ... Jesus
Robert Beltran ... Joe
Marta DuBois ... Sofia
Ángela Moya Ángela Moya ... Lilly
Dyana Ortelli ... Irene
Seidy Lopez ... Cindy
Sal Lopez ... Pablo
Fidel Gomez ... Joey
Angelina Estrada Angelina Estrada ... Tia Concha
Lupe Ontiveros ... Tia Tonia
Mike Gomez ... Frank Chavez
Liz Torres ... Judge Sanchez
Geoffrey Rivas ... Carlos / Carmela
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Storyline

Welcome to Luminarias-where hot spicy dish gets served up with a Latin twist by four successful friends from East LA...with very discriminating taste in men! When separated divorce attorney Andrea finds herself guilty of falling for her white and Jewish opposing council, her three single friends choose sides in the ongoing and often hilarious debate over race and sex. As they discover just how much negative stereotypes color their relationships with men-and even with each other-it becomes clear that the search for Mr. Right is not exactly black and white! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Taglines:

It's all about love.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex, mystika kai psemata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,158, 7 May 2000

Gross USA:

$292,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$292,309
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Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Que Te Pedi
Written by G. De La Fuente and Fernando Mullens
Performed by La Lupe
Courtesy of Sony Discos, Inc.
Under License from Tico Records
Available on the album: La Lupe: The Best
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Living in US and dreaming Latino environment
21 September 2003 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

In US there is a large variety of Mexicans, particularly in California. There you find Mexican legal and illegal emigrants, and US citizens of Mexican origin called Chicanos by the Americans or Pochos by the same Mexicans. Chicanos normally speak well Spanish, at least 80% of them, and behave as Mexicans in their way of lives. This film shows the behavior of four Chicano ladies, their dreams, their wishes, always trying to live well as Americans but also dreaming to have a hot lover or husband able to dance and to enjoy as they do. I found this film interesting because many of Latinos are like these ladies and they want to live well but eating tacos and tortillas, drinking tequila and having hot sex with their lovers or husbands, no matter if they are not US citizens. May be the film could have done better technically, but its message was clear to me, but may not be the same for non Latino population.


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