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Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999)

This comedic drama features two young couples, and another couple of old friends who reenter the two couples lives. The story takes place mostly in two apartments across the street from ... See full summary »

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Antonio Serrano

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Cast

Credited cast:
Demián Bichir ... Tomas (as Demian Bichir)
Susana Zabaleta ... Ana
Jorge Salinas ... Miguel
Cecilia Suárez ... Andrea
Víctor Huggo Martin Víctor Huggo Martin ... Carlos
Mónica Dionne Mónica Dionne ... María
Angélica Aragón ... Carlos' Mother
Laura Almela Laura Almela
Miguel Galván Miguel Galván ... Truck Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mara Escalante Mara Escalante ... Secretaria
Wes Martinez ... Carlos
Juan Menchaca ... Reportero de tv en helicoptero
Carolina Politi
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This comedic drama features two young couples, and another couple of old friends who reenter the two couples lives. The story takes place mostly in two apartments across the street from each other in Mexico City at the end of the millenium. Intellectual Carlos is not offering as much love as wife Ana needs. Tomas, a world-traveling friend of the couple reappears after many years abroad. Across the street, womanizing executive Miguel and suffering wife Andrea are joined by visiting friend Maria. The presence of guests Tomas and Maria triggers lust, rejection, infidelities, reconciliation and other consequences of suppressed love and marital relations, among the six friends-three guys and three girls. Written by ElianaG

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex, Shame & Tears See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stayed on movie theaters for 27 consecutive weeks. See more »

Quotes

María: Men look for a woman that is a lady at he table and a slut in bed.
Ana: Well, I've always been a lady in bed and a slut at the table.
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Written by Cita and Ricardo Ochoa
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Ugh
12 October 2004 | by jnm1981See all my reviews

In its context, Sexo, Pudor, y Lagrimas IS groundbreaking... I personally dislike the film, but I recognise its importance; seldom had this dialogue been uttered in Spanish in Mexican screens. Yet it is exactly there that the problem lies, I suppose: while some of the ideas espoused are valid, it would be disingenuous to say they are fresh.

A lot of it has a nagging, self-congratulatory feel, and the blend of philosophical reflection with farce would be better left to a seasoned filmmaker such as Woody Allen. For something that aspires to be so authentic, it feels stilted and irrelevant; it brings nothing new to the table. In hindsight, given the film's ambitions, the execution (poorly written characters, contrived situations, overly obvious--show, not tell, right?--points) seems all too... vulgar.

The salvation: good performances, especially from Cecilia Suarez, who provides some of the few genuine moments in this otherwise pretentious mess.


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