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Tear This Heart Out (2008)

Arráncame la vida (original title)
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.

Director:

Roberto Sneider

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Catalina Guzmán
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Andrés Ascencio
José María de Tavira ... Carlos Vives
Joaquín Cosio ... Juan
Mariana Peñalva Mariana Peñalva ... Mercedes
Camila Sodi ... Lilia Ascencio
Danna Paola ... Lilia Ascencio - Age 12
Isela Vega ... Gitana
Fernando Becerril ... Don Marcos
Irene Azuela ... Bárbara
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Rodolfo
José Sefami ... Poncho Peña
Eugenia León Eugenia León ... Toña la Negra
Carmen Beato ... Doña Elena
Julio Bracho ... Cienfuegos
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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:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

The character Mike Heiss, who appears early in the film, was based on William Jenkins, an American who immigrated to Mexico in the 1910's and made three fortunes. Jenkins played an important role in the 20th century history of Puebla. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos approaches Andres and Catalina at the restaurant, there are only 2 wine glasses on their table. Then, during the conversation he cheers and drinks from his own glass that appeared out of nowhere. When he leaves the table, there are only 2 glasses again. 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 owned ...
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Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
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An absorbing look at the next door neighbors
17 May 2016 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

Living in the USA I am daily subjected to a negative view of Mexico and its people, whom certain Americans feel should keep quiet, stay in Mexico and do as they are told (by good old Uncle Sam); therefore, it is a pleasure to watch a film, which counters this negative stereotype and shows a beautiful country with its own way of life - sometimes good, sometimes bad. The political system may appear corrupt to the American style, but it is theirs and some of them achieve their aims by violence rather than purchasing them. Mexico is not alone in military strong men running the country. I have not seen many Mexican films, "Like Water for chocolate" was probably the first, but I have watched several telenovellas and enjoy seeing the ways and traditions of our next door neighbor. I gave this fine film a 10 as it was excellent, and I hope to see more such films in the future.


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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:

Puebla, Puebla, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,031,226
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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