Six characters narrate their complex existence through his slides from one to another body, to form a network of shared memories and experiences. The need to explain this strange condition connects them via objects, messages and memories.
Tag Archives: Mexico
Voy a explotar / I’m Gonna Explode (2008) Gerardo Naranjo, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Maria Deschamps, Martha Claudia Moreno
Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang himself on-stage at the big talent show. Maru is the sole member of the audience to applaud, earning both students a day of detention. After bonding during the course of their punishment, Román and Maru grab daddy’s gun, steal a Volkswagen, and hit the road bound for nowhere.
One woman (Murguía) lives waiting for his son (Alonso) who is a sailor. She hasn’t seen him for years although he writes to her a lot. The woman shares the letters and her grief with a co-worker and friend (Rojo). This last woman begins to idealize her friend’s son. One day, the mother gets sick and falls into a coma. Her son arrives but she is unconscious. He has a brief but passionate affair with her mother’s friend and then disappears, as quickly as he came back from the sea.
A group of scientists in search of lost Atlantis are plane wrecked on an uncharted island full of stock footage monsters fresh from One Million BC. Occasionally we get an original papier mache monster peaking out from behind an alcove, but for the most part this is typical Mexican filmmaking for the period.
Cadena perpetua / Life Sentence (1979) Arturo Ripstein, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Narciso Busquets, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Crime, Drama, Thriller
“El Tarzan” Lira is an ex-convict who decides to give up his criminal past and reform his life. However, a corrupt policeman blackmails him leaving “El Tarzan” no other option but to continue committing robberies. Adapting the genre conventions of the film noir to the Mexican context, Ripstein’s film focuses on Mexican police corruption and questions the judicial system.
Actas de Marusia / Letters from Marusia (1976) Miguel Littin, Gian Maria Volontè, Diana Bracho, Claudio Obregón, Drama, History
In the late 19th and early 20th century, working conditions in Chile are abysmal. The workers of Marusia go on a strike, but the owners and the government decide to quell the mutiny, in blood if necessary.
In 1536, in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Inquisition, an alchemist builds a mysterious and sophisticated device named Cronos to provide eternal life to the owner. In the present days, the antiques dealer Jesus Gris finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora. He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes and he note that he has a younger appearance. Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia visits Gris’s shop and buys the old statue. On the next day, Gris finds his shop trashed and Angel’s card on the floor. He pays a visit to Angel that introduces him to the eccentric millionaire De la Guardia that explains the healing power and the eternal life given by Cronos. Angel is sent by De la Guardia to hunt down Gris to get Cronos no matter the costs.
En la palma de tu mano / In the Palm of Your Hand (1951) Roberto Gavaldón, Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Ramón Gay, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jaime Karin is an astrologer, fortune teller and a scam artist, who uses his wife who works in an elegant beauty salon, to find out information on future wealthy clients, through her he learns that a millionaire Vittorio Romano died shortly after learning of his wife’s infidelity. Karin befriends the woman and learns that she and her lover murdered her husband, now the woman claims to love the astrologer and wants him to help her get rid of her lover.
Nosotros, los pobres / We the Poor (1948) Ismael Rodríguez, Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz ‘Chachita’, Carmen Montejo, Drama
Two kids take a book from a trash can. They begin to read the story of a poor neighborhood in Mexico City. Carpenter Pepe “El Toro” (Infante) lives with his daughter Chachita (Munoz) and woos pretty “Chorreada” (Pavon). Around them, a group of fellows live their lives in many ways: a pair of always-drunk women known as “La Tostada” (The Toast) and “La Guayaba” (The Guava); a beautiful woman (Jurado) who always oversleeps; a hooker with pneumonia (La Tisica) with a dark past. Tragedy comes when Pepe is falsely accused of robbery and sent to the jail.