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|Sexo Pudor y Lagrimas|
Actors: Demián Bichir, Susana Zabaleta, Jorge Salinas, Cecilia Suárez, Víctor Huggo Martin
Director: Antonio Serrano
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
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The film that brought mexican cinema back
Joel Valle | San Diego | 09/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film five years ago when it was first released in mexico and i remember that in that point in time mexican cinema was non existent, people just did not want to see mexican movies, this at that time broke all box office records as the most profitable movie ever produced in mexico and is directly responsible for the success of future movies like Amores Perros, Y tu Mama Tambien and The Crime Of Padre Amaro, this movie is a milestone in mexican filmmaking and a must see."
A Fast Paced Comedy/Drama of Yuppies in Mexico City
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SEX, SHAME AND TEARS is a difficult movie to classify: for the first part of the movie it feels as though we are going to be eaves-dropping on the lives of the fashionable, aspiring middle class Yuppies who live a breakneck speed, seemingly more involved with parties than with personal concerns. How this changes into a meaningfully significant movie is to the credit of writer director Antonio Serrano (Lucia, Lucia', etc).
Carlos (Victor Huggo Martin) is a pseudointellectual who spends most of his day meditating and the remainder of his time writing about sex articles on his PC (though he doesn't appear to be a sensualist in life!). He rooms with Ana (Susana Zabeleta) who is Carlos' opposite - a sensualist, exotic photographer who just happens to lust after Carlos without success. Their friends, who visibly live in a condo opposite them, are Miguel (Jorge Salinas) a lothario who abandoned his dream of being a cinematographer for the very lucrative job and lifestyle of a graphic designer and though married to Andrea (Cecilia Suarez), a would be model/extra movie actress who suffers from insecurity and low self esteem at Miguel's hands, the marriage is rocky and abusive.
Enter the change makers: Tomas (Demian Bechir) is an old chum of Carlos' and Ana's (Ana had an affair with him while the three were in college together) and is a hedonist with no strings, a worldly pleasure seeker who is invited to move in with the couple - to Ana's delight and Carlos' chagrin. Across the way Maria (Monica Dionne), a veterinarian and Miguel's old college sweetheart, moves in, having been abandoned by her English husband. These two characters ignite fires that result in a battle of the sexes, and the three women take over Miguel's condo while the three men take over Carlos' condo. They swear off members of the opposite sex and the results of their mutual standoff (while always totally in view of each other through facing windows) forms the crux of the film and its ending. Each of the six characters enters into a realm of self-discovery and the individual results are both happy and sad.
The joy of this well made movie is in the handling of the dialogue and the merging of the superficial with the spiritual growth. All of the actors are fine and we are left feeling as though we have grown with them. A bristling, bustling, fast paced movie that says a lot about relationships as we experience them today. In Spanish with English Subtitles."
Sophisticated look at the upwardly mobile class of the Mexic
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 03/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not very familiar with the Mexican cinema, but it's movies like this one, "Amores Perros" and "Y tu mamá tambien" that makes me want to be. I enjoyed this movie and I thought it was fabulous. "Sexo, Pudor e Lágrimas" ("Sex, Shame and Tears") is funny, serious, and sensitive film. The film is also is well-acted, directed, and written. I also understand that the film is based on his own play which deals basically with two couples going through some rough patch in their lives which I haven't seen so I'm clearly writing this review base on this film.
Some may has claim it not to be as great, but still it has lots to offer. Not 'typically' Mexican, I mean: it is relevant to western modern life and love relationship in general. Not only to Mexico. Artists (at best) have a vision to express, no matter where they do come from. One should not expect Mexican directors to make only movies about Mexico, Brazilian ones about Brazil, Iranian ones about Iran,... U.S. and European directors are not the only ones that have the right or the ability to be universal. Far from it. (However, a movie can sometimes be time- and location-specific and yet be universal; that's the magic of humankind)
Damian Bichir is one of the best things in the film. As Tomas, he holds the key to understanding the complicated lives all the young people in the film lead. Mr. Serrano got excellent acting from his attractive cast. Monica Dionne, Victor Hugo Martin, Cecilia Suarez, Jorge Salinas and Susan Zabaleta complete the sextet.
Technically, this film has great visual style. It's a sophisticated look at the upwardly mobile class of the Mexican society. Xavier Perez Grobet gives a magnificent look to the movie. Antonio Serrano has to be congratulated for a picture that stands apart from others coming from Mexico by his understanding of the people involved.
Maria Pia Scuderi | Oelde, Germany | 02/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found the film excellent! Great and unusual theme; Susana Zavaleta was super as usual; Jorge Salinas not the cute guy but mean; interesting fun throughout! I greatly recommend it to Latin film fans and to people wishing to make a start in this line of cinema."