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Arráncame la vida (2008)

Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

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Roberto Sneider

Writers:

Ángeles Mastretta (book), Roberto Sneider (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Catalina Guzman
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Andres Ascencio
José María de Tavira ... Carlos Vives
Mariana Peñalva Mariana Peñalva ... Mercedes
Irene Azuela ... Bárbara
Jake Koenig Jake Koenig ... Mike Heiss
María Aura ... Pepa
Danna Paola ... Lilia Ascencio - Age 12
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Metztli Adamina Metztli Adamina ... Eufemia
Alain Alain ... Marcos
Jorge Almada Jorge Almada ... Gral. Aguilar
Andrea Arámburo Andrea Arámburo ... Adriana
Marta Aura ... Josefina
Carmen Beato Carmen Beato ... Doña Elena
Fernando Becerril ... Don Marcos
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Storyline

Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

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Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Arranca-me a Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mexico's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Catalina Guzman: [narrating] Many things happened in the country that year. Among other things, I met Andres at a cafe under the arches. Where else could it be? Everything happens in Puebla. From courtships to murders. As if no other place existed.
Andres Ascencio: They're a bunch of pricks.
Catalina Guzman: Who is?
Andres Ascencio: Just say yes. I can see in your eyes that you agree.
Catalina Guzman: Okay, but who are you talking about?
Andres Ascencio: All of them. Who else?
Catalina Guzman: [narrating again] Of course I agree. To me, "all of them" were the people from Puebla who acted as if they ...
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
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Solid storytelling, good performances, flawless directing and production
12 September 2008 | by Alonso Fragua (esquizzo)See all my reviews

(Stupid IMDb. It doesn't get that I'm trying to type this comment in Spanish. OK. Here we go again in English)

First, two strong statements: I have not read the book and I'm from Puebla (the city where the story takes place).

I don't know how good of an adaptation this movie is, but as a cinematic product, "Arráncame la vida" works just fine. The leading actors, as well as the rest of the cast, offer solid performances. Giménez Cacho, as always, portrays Andrés Ascencio very nicely. He depicts a son of-a-bitch general, who -despite this characteristics or because of these- is highly enjoyable. The macho humor that this character uses, gives movement to the story. On top of that, we have Ana Claudia Talancón, the astonishing Catalina Guzmán. I'm not the biggest fan of her but I have to say her performance is flawless.

The references to the "poblano factor" (poblanez) gives a proper setting to the actions of the story, which mentions a lot of local moments and characters of the 30's and 40's. However, the universal value of the movie (and the novel, I guess) remains. Caciques, corruption and battles over power exist everywhere, not only in México but all over the world.

About directing and production, again, flawless. With a nearly 7 million dollar budget, "Arráncame la vida" is the most expensive movie in México to this date. However it has the quality of any Hollywood picture that surely would need way more than that to achiev the same results. The cinematography and the powerful music give the final touches to a production which, I'm sure, the audience from Puebla enjoyed and related to their own experiences and long time memories. Some nervous laughs could be heard in a packed premier at Puebla with members of the finest families of the region. You go guess what they thought of this portrait...

Despite of that, people would be satisfied with the story from what I could see and hear.

Summing up: I strongly recommend this picture. It is not the "biggest Mexican picture" but, no doubt, is a solid project with high production values. I've never read any of Mastretta's books but now I want to start.


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