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My Brother's Wife (2005)

La mujer de mi hermano (original title)
R | | Drama | 21 April 2006 (USA)
Unable to get intimate with her husband of 10 years, a woman embarks on a steamy affair with his brother.

Writers:

María Eugenia Argomedo (additional dialogue), Shakeel Azmi (lyrics) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bárbara Mori ... Zoe / Sonia-Wife
Christian Meier ... Ignacio / Ishan-husband
Manolo Cardona ... Gonzalo / Rohan-Ignacio's brother
Gaby Espino ... Laura / Lara-Gonzalo's girlfriend
Beto Cuevas ... Padre Santiago
Bruno Bichir ... Boris / Zoe's friend
Angélica Aragón ... Cristina / Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cristina Alcaíno Cristina Alcaíno ... Maria / Maid
Alexandre Yanez Alexandre Yanez ... Doctor
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Storyline

Even though Zoe/Sonia has been married to Ignacio/Ishan for about a decade, they are unable to have children. She wants to be intimate but he prefers to be ready for intimacy on Saturdays only, and she gets physically drawn to his artistic brother, Gonzalo/Rohan. Then things get complicated for her after she tests positive for motherhood and finds that her husband may be gay. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Hindi Dubbed version named as Spanish Beauty See more »

Goofs

The baby's name was "Juan Ignacio" according the mail to Gonzalo, "we named him after dad" Ignacio writes in the mail, but when Cristina see the baby, she calls him "Jose Ignacio". See more »

Quotes

Zoe: I spent the whole day cooking.
Gonzalo: I spent the whole day thinking about you. Give me a kiss.
Zoe: Don't. We're in Ignacio's house.
Gonzalo: Why the fuck do I care if...
Zoe: [interrupts] Look, if I asked you to come for dinner it's because I like spending time with you. But promise you're going to behave yourself.
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Soundtracks

Doorie Sahi Jaye Na
Performed by Atif Aslam
Lyrics by Atif Aslam
Music by Aravind, Shankar
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A Stylish, Visually Stunning, Memorable Film from Latin America
30 October 2007 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

LA MUJER DE MI HERMANO seems to have polarized viewers between those who classify it as a television novela and those who see it as a stylish Latin American drama. Written by Peruvian author Jaime Bayly, adapted by María Eugenia Argomedo, and directed by Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil, the cast boasts actors from Peru (Christian Meier), Colombia (Manolo Cardona), Uruguay (Bárbara Mori), Venezuela (Gaby Espino), Chile (Beto Cuevas), and Mexico (Angélica Aragón, Bruno Bichir). It is a fine showcase for some of the fine talent from Latin America that is gaining a strong influence on theatrical films released in the USA. It offers a story embracing many current dilemmas in society (relationship to church, infidelity, illegitimate pregnancy, homosexuality, childhood sexual abuse) and blends them into a film acted by a fine cast of beautiful and talented actors and artists behind the camera, and the result is a luminous piece of cinema that deserves a second look.

Ignacio (Meier) is a handsome, wealthy, emotionally cool man who is married to a sensuous, beautiful, sexually frustrated Zoe (Mori), The couple may appear to have it all - splendid house, wealth, expensive tastes - but they have been unable to have children in their ten year marriage. The disparity between their sexual needs results in Zoe finding solace in the arms of Ignacio's bohemian artist brother Gonzalo and they begin an affair that results in a surprise pregnancy. This crisis unveils the truth about the characters: Gonzalo, still reeling from the childhood sexual abuse by his older brother Ignacio, doesn't want fatherhood and marriage, and in the peak of the tremor the pregnancy creates Gonzalo shares Ignacio's homosexuality with Zoe. How the three confront their needs and fears pulls the story to a close, an ending that addresses fully the characteristic traits that have shaped the lives of the three.

In addition to the trio of stars there are excellent cameos by Bruno Bichir as Zoe's gay confidant, Angélica Aragón as the mother of the men whose greatest need is for grandchildren, Gaby Espino as the housekeeper Laura, and Beto Cuevas as the priest who is not only a friend of the family but hears the secrets of each in the confessional. The cinematography is lush and evocative in the competent hands of Andrés Sánchez and the tension of the story is well underscored by the music of Angelo Milli. For this viewer LA MUJER DE MI HERMANO is a classy film that brings attention to the many fine new works coming from Latin American cinema. It is well worth revisiting. Grady Harp


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Brother's Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,018,750, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$2,808,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,492,178
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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