The relationship between beautiful Emilia (Elizabeth Cervantes) and her imaginative young daughter, Alicia, is tested in this understated Mexican drama. Disoriented after moving to a new ...
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The relationship between beautiful Emilia (Elizabeth Cervantes) and her imaginative young daughter, Alicia, is tested in this understated Mexican drama. Disoriented after moving to a new apartment and left to herself when her mother starts bringing men home, Alicia takes refuge in dreams that soon become nightmares, especially after she begins to fear that her mom has become possessed by the vampirish man next door. With a keen eye for the rhythms and struggles of contemporary Mexican family life, this film illuminates the secret worlds of lonely children while never straying from its true subject: the uncommon love between a single mother and her child.
This Mexican movie arrived to the city I live practically unnoticed. There was no plot summary and the only poster in the theater was very simple. Anyhow, I went with my wife and actually I liked the effort of both directors for brining a trivial situation seen through a small kid eyes.
The story involves a divorced mother trying to make a life along with her little (around 10 years old) daughter. All the picture we see the situations from the stand of view of the little girl and we are witnesses of all her fears, concerns and even confusions. The mother was recently divorced and the story starts when the little girl is explaining how she is feeling at that time and what she thinks of her mother. Both are in the process of moving their residence to a new apartment in the chaotic and big urban jungle of Mexico City.
In a parallel plot, we found another character (played by Juan Carlos Colombo) that is dying and he is in his final days. The little girl thinks of him as a vampire. With all these ingredients we have the perfect scenario for moving, touching and even funny situations. The performances are well developed and specially the girl gave us a very strong acting.
If you have the chance to see, buy or rent this movie you will have a good time. Is not a master piece or anything similar, but gives you the gift of simplicity. At the end you could appreciate how deep and complicated human relations can be. Between mother and daughter, between friends, between lonely people, between human beings. I think this is the key of this picture. I really enjoyed the exhibition, but as I said at the beginning, Mexican pictures need better advertisement. We (my wife and I) were the only persons at the movie theatre. Hope not the see this situation again.
See it you won't regret.
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