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Zurdo (2003)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | 21 February 2003 (Mexico)
Futuristic movie about Alejandro, a gifted left-handed child marble player who must win a competition as the entire town's hopes - and money - rest on him.

Director:

Carlos Salcés

Writers:

Hubert Barrero, Blanca Montoya (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Álex Perea ... Alejandro (Zurdo)
Alejandro Camacho ... Romo
Arcelia Ramírez ... Martina
Giovani Florido ... Millito (as Giovanni Florido)
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Don Emilio
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Tomas
Blanca Salcés Blanca Salcés ... Dora
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Julian
Eugenio Derbez ... Forastero
Regina Blandón ... Carmita
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Chupacabras Jefe
Regina Orozco Regina Orozco ... Mrs. Mendoza
Juan Carlos Serrán Juan Carlos Serrán ... Mr. Mendoza
Gabriela Canudas ... Maria de la Luz
Erika de la Llave Erika de la Llave ... Ernestine
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Futuristic movie about Alejandro, a gifted left-handed child marble player who must win a competition as the entire town's hopes - and money - rest on him.

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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Mexico]

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (Mexico) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Altavista Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mexican Soap Opera of the Future
14 October 2004 | by vovnutarSee all my reviews

For me, "Zurdo" is a kind of a film-a-clef, not because it disguises real events, but rather because I was confused all throughout the first half of the film until I came upon an interpretational key that put everything in perspective. The key is as follows: "Zurdo" is essentially about two years worth of weekly Mexican futuristic soap opera, compacted into feature-length format. The plot and the setting are nominally fantastic, but this structure is entirely filled with classical soap opera content.

The beauty of this setup has dawned on me only towards the end of the film. Every soap-opera-tearjerking-scene, every sob, every cliché have been compacted at a ratio of about 5:1. There are no pauses between the closely intercut scenes, sometimes the viewer is rushed between three different locations within a minute. The effect is that every scene, gesture and word become a reference to themselves. What allows the director to do this is that the elements soap opera are immediately recognizable; no time need be spent on the development.

If not only a post-modernist treatment of the soap opera genre, it might well be that "Zurdo" is the high-bandwidth soap opera of the future.


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