Humor underneath a tragic life
juj | 09/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Summary: The story is about a simple man who thought life has been unkind to him & therefore decided to end his sufferings. No, it is not a tragic story, but a funny one. What should have been sad & tragic were smoothly passed out by the Director & the characters with light humor. Martin, the main character, was so bent on killing himself that he decided to jump off a bridge only to be derailed by a stranger's offer which he couldn't resist. The deal was for him to loan from the Mafia $100,000,000 to be paid at the end of a week. & since he has no means of paying it, the Mafia would then kill him -- which shouldn't be a problem since he wanted to die in the first place. So, Martin thought, he might as well enjoy a week's life as a millionaire & end it with a bang.But as expected, there would be a twist in the plot, which would make him change his mind & want to live longer. Tension builds on Martin who finally finds love & happiness while the weekend nears & the debt has to be paid. Of course, the ending could be expected to be favorable to complement the rest of the plot.Lesson: Martin personifies all men who are not happy with their lives & who think that ending one's life is the best way to escape reality & hardships. He, Lola & others like them also think that being rich is the answer to all their problems. Just to learn a few lessons along the way.. (1) not to hate life...(2) that money isn't everything & ... (3)that what really makes the world go around is love & happiness."
Salma at her best! I want to marry Salma Hayek, por favor.
ALFREDO | Los Angeles, CA. | 02/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, an amazing performance by he lovely and talented Salma Hayek. The movie is wonderfully directed and the plot is magnificent. America needs to open its eyes and explore more great foreign films like this one by director Anotonio Cuadri."