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The Night Buffalo (2007)

El búfalo de la noche (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama | 17 August 2007 (Mexico)
A schizophrenic man commits suicide after his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend.

Writers:

Jorge Hernandez Aldana (screenplay), Guillermo Arriaga (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Luna ... Manuel
Liz Gallardo ... Tania / Gregorio's girlfriend
Gabriel González Gabriel González ... Gregorio
Irene Azuela ... Margarita
Emilio Echevarría ... Ramírez
Camila Sodi ... Rebeca
Celso Bugallo ... Camariña
Walther Cantú Walther Cantú ... Jacinto
Claudia Lobo ... Mamá de Manuel
Miguel Ángel Ferris Miguel Ángel Ferris ... Papá de Manuel
Verónica Langer ... Mamá de Gregorio / Gregorio's mother
Javier Díaz Dueñas Javier Díaz Dueñas ... Papá de Gregorio / Gregorio's father
Armando Hernández Armando Hernández ... Beto
Fernando Becerril ... Dr. Macías
Hugo Albores Hugo Albores ... Pánfilo
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Storyline

Unable to cope with the fact that his girlfriend Tania cheated on him with Manuel, his best friend, Gregorio, a twenty-two year old schizophrenic sets an elaborate revenge plan into motion before taking his own life. He has been in and out of mental hospitals for years. During his time away, his girlfriend and Manuel began an illicit affair. Before long they have fallen in love. Though Gregario and Manuel seem to reconcile after he is discharged from the hospital, everything changes with Gregario commits suicide. Upon his death, Manuel inherits a box of notes, lyrics, and other curiosities from his old friend. Later, he begins receiving unsigned letters quoting Gregario's writings and starts hearing excerpts from the letters in conversation and in the media, leading the unscrupulous friend to fear for his own sanity. Written by lament

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some graphic sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Buffalo See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,553,198
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Manuel: So, you finally learned how to play, man.
Gregorio: You know why I played so well?
Manuel: What, you jacked off this morning?
Gregorio: No, because of this.
[shows his finger]
Manuel: What?
Gregorio: See this mark? An earwig crawled inside me there.
Manuel: Are you going to start with your bullshit?
Gregorio: No, seriously, man. An earwig crawled inside me and opened up my veins. Now I can get more blood in my brain. More light can come in, man. I think better now.
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Soundtracks

Asilos Magdalena
Written by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Performed by The Mars Volta
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Guillermo Arriaga you're full of...
21 August 2007 | by kikecineSee all my reviews

This film is SO Overrated that it just hurts, i didn't get what the "message" of the film is, and neither both of my friends who went to see this thing with me. If Guillermo Arriaga, that snob who specializes on writing pretentious and stupid screenplays where the characters seems to be total idiots with no common sense whatsoever, wanted us to realize that 'love make us do anything' he accomplishes nothing but an endless line of cliché after cliché.

There is the proverbial love triangle between two best friends and the girlfriend of one of them, also including the sister of one of the guys. We never get their motivations or a single sense of explanation for their actions.

The dialogs are SO lame, so plastic, they are heard like cheesy bits from even cheesier love songs and pieces from a night of heavy drinking and weed smoking.

There are characters with nothing to do except get naked in front of the camera (and I don't have a problem with that) but don't try to deceive us by saying that is the 'great performance of their careers'.

The only thing I liked about the film, was the music, which was written by 'The Mars Volta'. Out of that, I don't think there was any other thing to highlight about this.

The phrase that better describes my reaction to this film is "Guillermo Arriaga you're full of crap!"


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