The film's events take place in 1970 and 1971, predominantly in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Cleo (named after the Cléo character in Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7) is a maid in the household of Sofia, whose household consists of her husband Antonio, their four young children, Sofia's mother, Teresa, and another maid, Adela. Antonio, a doctor, leaves for a conference in Quebec. Among scenes of Cleo's life with the family - her cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to and from school, serving them meals, putting the kids to bed and waking them up - it becomes clear that Sofia and Antonio's marriage is strained. After a brief return, Antonio leaves again, saying he is going to Quebec for a few weeks. In their time off, Cleo and Adela go out with their boyfriends, Fermín and Ramón, to the theater. At the entrance, Cleo and Fermín decide to rent a room instead of seeing the movie. Fermín, while naked, shows off his martial arts skill using the shower curtain rod as a pole. ...
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Did You Know?
The scene at the 35 minute mark where the mother watches her husband drive away as a band marches down the street is a reference to the climax of Mexican Golden Age film Enamorada
(1946) where soldiers march down a street and the main character played by María Félix sees her love interest leave town. Interestingly, that scene is a reference to Morocco
(1930), where Marlene Dietrich's love interest leaves town in a similar fashion. See more
In the beginning of the film when the family is having dinner. The dinner plates they are using are of the "Flor de Otoño" pattern manufactured by Santa Anita, they started operations in 1991. See more
We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.
The closing credits ends with a mantra from the Upanishads: "Shantih Shantih Shantih." This is also the closing line of the 1922 poem "The Waste Land" by T. S. Eliot. See more
La Enamorada que soné
Written by Osmar Navarro
Performed by Los Terricolas
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V.
Courtesy of Orfeón Videovox, S.A. See more