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Juan Charrasqueado 1948 – Review

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Movie – Juan Charrasqueado

Direction – Ernesto Cortázar

Country – Mexico

Language – Spanish

Cast – Pedro Armendáriz, Miroslava, Fernando Soto

Releasing Year – 1948

Genre –  Western, Drama

Juan Charrasqueado 1948 Review –

“Juan Charrasqueado” (played by multiple-award winner, Pedro Armendariz) is the story of a Mexican ‘charro’, a countryside ranch man, who has just arrived from a long travel far away and meets at his hometown a lot of old friends and partners, which, now watch him suspiciously as a cocky, opportunistic and scrounger loudmouthed man. Once established again in town, he’ll be only busy playing cards at the “cantina” (bar), getting drunk and “enjoying” the pleasures of life, until he realizes he has a deep love with María (played by the beautiful Slavic actress, Miroslava). Unfortunately, Maria’s brothers have planned to marry her with a wealthy ranch owner. A real duel will start between Juan and the brothers of María, until he decides to kidnap her. Juan is having more and more troubles all around the town and people will plan to stop him doing always all what he wants. The results could be of fatal and terrible consequences.

The film takes us to the Mexican countryside of the 1940s with all the atmosphere it implies: women flirting, gossiping and having fun in the town center; ranch men betting at cockfights; singing, gambling and fighting at the “cantinas” and the multiple adventures struggling with drunk-men. A beautiful story is behind this scenario: the one of a real, traditional, Mexican “macho” who falls in love with the most beautiful girl in town. The main character will have to watch himself in the mirror, realize what does he can offer María and make strong decisions about their future. Decisions that could make arise the envy and hate of an entire town that is not disposed to tolerate outstanding demonstrations of foolish virility, more a result of a national complex than the noble reality it involves. The film offers an interesting perspective of the psychology of the Mexican “macho” behavior, so selfish and strong in appearance and so weak and sensible in his deep soul.”

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Reviewed By – JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA

About Him –

Jorge Isaac Veytia
Jorge Isaac Veytia

JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA, is a Mexican who works as an international commercial lawyer in Berlin, Germany. His practice involves the use of more than six languages. He is a cinema fan since a child. His favourite films focus mainly on French comedies even he also loves the analysis of Scandinavian movies and kitschy Mexican masterpieces. He is also a true fan of Berlinale festival. “The Red Violin” and “La Soif de l’Or” could be listed as his favorite movies.

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Biutiful – 2010 Movie Review

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Movie – Biutiful

Direction and Screenplay by – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Country – Mexico, Spain                                                                              Language – Spanish

Cast – Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib 

Releasing Year – 2010                                                                                 Genre –  Drama, Romance

Biutiful Storyline

“It’s dangerous to trust a man who is hungry and even more so if his children are hungry”, these are the words of a cop to the protagonist of the movie, Uxbal, played by Javier Bardem.

Uxbal with his two children lives in a very mediocre abode in Barcelona. He is separated from his wife Maramba, who suffers from a Bipolar disorder. She also works as a masseuse. She loves Uxbal very much but is emotionally very unstable. Marambra wants her husband but refuses to live a life tied down to the norms of marriage. Having fun even if it is inclined to infidelity, is her way of living. She often visit’s Uxbal’s home to spend time with their children.

For Uxbal, his children mean the world to him. He lives the dangerous life of a street criminal to support and feed his kids. Uxbal facilitates the business of piracy and manufacturing of duplicate fashion accessories that are illicitly sold on the streets of the cosmopolitan Spanish city. He also deals in the supply of illegal Chinese immigrants as a labour force to various construction sites. One of these chinese women babysits his kids after school.

Inspite of his business, Uxbal is not a bad person. He just accepts life and is trying to survive in this mean world with whatever ways possible. He confronts life at every corner and accepts bravely, his own share of destiny. Uxbal has lost his father when he wasn’t even born. But he sees his father in his dreams in which they both are talking to each other on a stark, cold and desolate landscape. Uxbal has a strong realisation of how hard life can be for kids without parents. And this sensibility encourages him to be a good father.

Very early in the movie, Uxbal discovers that he is suffering from an incurable form of cancer and doctors say that he has got only two more months left to live. He knows he is dying. Now he is left with only two concerns- to clear all loop holes and any leftover mess in his world of criminal business and to arrange for a secure future for his kids.

He has conflicts with his wife on matters like the upbringing of his children. Uxbal doesn’t want to die, but he has no choice. All that he is trying to do now is to be a good man and fix things up for all the people for whom he cares in this world. He is putting up a brave front but severe pain and anguish smother in his heart. Javier Bardem is a very humane and an effortless actor. His face, his eyes and his voice portrays grief in the most convincing manner. The desperation and agony oozes out of his performance all throughout.

He is not a very handsome man. And I think that this fact along with his slightly asymmetrical nose offers a great force of character to his face. He does not dwell on any particular mannerisms that would tie him down to a signature style of acting. He is very vivid…just like his roles.(Have you seen his ‘No country for old men’ and ‘The Sea inside’?

In the film, Uxbal knows the discomfort in the lives of the Chinese immigrants he deals with. He buys them second hand heaters so that they sleep with comfort in the cold godown at nights. But he buys heaters of cheap quality to save some money for himself. This mistake leads to a horrifying accident killing 20 Chinese including women and children. Uxbal feels torn apart by this incidence. He does want to earn some money for his children but he is not a murderer at heart. The harsh world yet hasn’t stripped him off his morality and basic humanity.

He suffers and can’t contain his sorrow and guilt. He tries to find redemption by confiding in an elderly female friend of his. These moments of confession and pain are some of the most heart stirring moments in the film. We as an audience can feel the inner goodness of Uxbal, a man trapped in the meanness and helplessness surrounding him.  He can’t change the ways of the world but can just provide for his children.

He also understands his wife’s distress and tries to bring some solace to her. He wants to do the best he can in the two months he is left with. His communication with his dad in his dreams helps him form stronger bonds with his own children. He tells his daughter Ana- “please don’t forget me after I am dead. Do think about your dad”.

 

Biutiful 2010 Movie In a Nut shel –

This film is an in depth look at a father’s mind and heart. It’s about his struggles to protect his family and his desperation to form a ‘BIUTIFUL’ bond with his kids. And this needs to be done in a world full of dilemmas, pain, misery, helplessness, hunger and self conflict. And where does the strength to see through this ruthless life come from? Well, it comes from our bonds of love!!

Reviewed By – Pallavi Patil 

 

Santo contra el doctor Muerte – 1973 Movie Review

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Movie – Santo contra el doctor Muerte

Direction and Screenplay by – Rafael Romero Marchent (as Rafael R. Marchent)

Country – Mexico, Spain

Language – Spanish

Cast – Santo, Carlos Romero Marchent, Helga Liné

Releasing Year – 1973

Genre –  Action, Horror, Adventure

Santo contra el doctor Muerte Storyline

“Santo, the famous Mexican wrestling fighter, is an undercover INTERPOL agent whose mission is to discover the mysterious case of painting forgery throughout the Europe. While having amazing success in Madrid during his fights, he discovers that in Paris, previous and similar cases have been ongoing since many years.

So, he decides to go to the Louvre to have a talk with the curator who explains him those previous cases and the person suspected to have committed those infractions, sometimes in Moscow, sometimes while shipping the art pieces: the suspected criminal is a dangerous “doctor in art and chemistry” from Central Europe who uses, this time, a German art ‘restaurateur’ to accomplish his robberies.

This gang lives in a castle nearby Madrid where they’ve kidnapped beautiful women to use them as models. The models, trapped in a dungeon, are also used later for “scientific” purposes, killed and dissolved in acid. Santo and his partner, Paul, will have to go inside the castle, arrest the criminals and finish their job.

Santo contra el doctor Muerte Review

The film gives us a very nice approach of Mexican imagination in criminal matters and the ‘superheroes’ that are needed to solve the clues and enigmas. Santo contra el doctor Muerte is a nice movie which provides big entertainment from the beginning to the end, despite some script incongruities which make the story bigger than in what it should focus. The surreal and tacky scenes of a masked fighter going through classy European streets, talking seriously with art specialists and going around through airports and flying business cannot be missed!”

 

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Reviewed By – JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA

About Him –

Jorge Isaac Veytia
Jorge Isaac Veytia

 

 

JORGE ISAAC VEYTIA, is a Mexican who works as an international commercial lawyer in Berlin, Germany. His practice involves the use of more than six languages. He is a cinema fan since a child. His favourite films focus mainly on French comedies even he also loves the analysis of Scandinavian movies and kitschy Mexican masterpieces. He is also a true fan of Berlinale festival. “The Red Violin” and “La Soif de l’Or” could be listed as his favorite movies.

Stay tuned to read many more reviews from him. Follow him on Facebook.

 

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