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Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)

Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 11 March 2001 (Mexico)
A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent ... See full summary »


Marisa Sistach (as Maryse Sistach)


José Buil (screenplay), José Buil (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ximena Ayala ... Yessica
Nancy Gutiérrez Nancy Gutiérrez ... Miriam
Arcelia Ramírez ... Alicia, madre de Miriam
María Rojo ... Madre de Yessica
Luis Fernando Peña ... Jorge
Gabino Rodríguez Gabino Rodríguez ... Héctor
Pablo Delgado Pablo Delgado ... Juan
Eligio Meléndez Eligio Meléndez ... Padrastro de Yessica
Rosario Zúñiga ... Prefecta
Soledad González Soledad González ... Directora
César Balcázar César Balcázar ... El Topi
Josefina Marín Josefina Marín ... Maestra de historia
Clarissa Malheiros Clarissa Malheiros ... Maestra de gimnasia
Carlos García Carlos García ... Maestro de mecanografía
Guadalupe Sánchez Guadalupe Sánchez ... Maestra de matemáticas


A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent girls which is torn apart when one of them is brutally raped. Rebellious tomboy Yessica is frequently in trouble at school and at home, with its lower middle-class limitations. She is always at odds with her mother, bullying stepfather, and despicable stepbrother, Jorge. Then Jorge strikes a deal with a friend, helping the man trap Yessica and rape her, in exchange for money. Terrified and ashamed of the attack, Yessica remains silent, seeking comfort in her friendship with innocent and childlike Miriam, from a more stable home, though reared by a poor single mother. Tragedy unfolds as Yessica increasingly relies on Miriam and begins to get the naive girl into trouble, until Miriam finds she is no longer in control of her fate. Written by Anonymous

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3.5 stars
18 April 2002 | by mwestonSee all my reviews

The main character, Yessica, is a tomboy who is often in trouble. As a result, she is transferred to a new school, where she meets Miriam, who lives with her mother in what seems to Yessica like luxury. While Miriam's mother's main concern is saving enough money to get a better television, Yessica doesn't even have a bedroom to sleep in or money for the most basic school supplies. When Yessica's step-brother arranges for her to be raped, things go from bad to worse. In her environment she doesn't feel like there is anyone she can tell, so she must suffer silently, which reminded me of how the women in "Missing Young Woman" were often not missed.

This film, which was Mexico's nomination for best foreign language film of 2001, is difficult to watch, but it's worth the effort. My notes also indicate that I liked the soundtrack. Seen at Cinequest (the San Jose, CA film festival) on 2/27/2002.

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