Tear This Heart Out (2008) Poster

Tear This Heart Out (2008)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 870 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 12 September 2008 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: 107 min
Our Score
98/100
229 user reviews.

User Score (vote now)
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars


You're here : » » Tear This Heart Out (2008)...

Warning: simplexml_load_file(http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=Tear+This+Heart+Out+2008+trailer&client=ytapi-youtube-search&alt=rss&v=2&max-results=7): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/easymovy/public_html/wp-content/themes/streamplex/functions.php on line 50

Warning: simplexml_load_file(): I/O warning : failed to load external entity "http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=Tear+This+Heart+Out+2008+trailer&client=ytapi-youtube-search&alt=rss&v=2&max-results=7" in /home/easymovy/public_html/wp-content/themes/streamplex/functions.php on line 50

Tear This Heart Out (2008)

Share/Bookmark

Tear This Heart Out 2008tt1130981.jpg poster

  • IMDb page: Tear This Heart Out (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 870 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 12 September 2008 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Mexico
  • Director: Roberto Sneider
  • Stars: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho and José María de Tavira
  • Original Music By: Leonardo Heiblum  Jacobo Lieberman   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Infidelity | Military | Mexico

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Ángeles Mastretta  book
  • Roberto Sneider  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Based partially in the life of General Maximiano Avila Camacho, brother of the Mexican president Manuel Avila Camacho. He was governor of Puebla from 1937 to 1941 and served as secretary of public works in his brother’s Cabinet. He was infamous for being ruthless, arrogant and violent with his political enemies.
  • The most expensive movie ever made in Mexico, its budget was 6,5 million dollars.
  • Mexico’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.

Story:

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Federico González Compeán known as producer
  • Mónica Lozano known as executive producer
  • Roberto Sneider known as producer
  • Alejandro Soberón Kuri known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ana Claudia Talancón known as Catalina Guzman
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho known as Andres Ascencio
  • José María de Tavira known as Carlos Vives
  • Mariana Peñalva known as Mercedes
  • Irene Azuela known as Bárbara
  • Jake Koenig known as Mike Heiss
  • María Aura known as Pepa
  • Danna Paola known as Lilia Ascencio – Age 12
  • Metztli Adamina known as Eufemia
  • Alain known as Marcos
  • Rodolfo Almada known as Gral. Aguilar
  • Andrea Arámburo known as Adriana
  • Marta Aura known as Josefina
  • Carmen Beato known as Doña Elena
  • Fernando Becerril known as Don Marcos
  • Julio Bracho known as Cienfuegos
  • Iván Bronstein known as Redactor en jefe
  • Delia Casanova known as Julia
  • Joaquín Cosio known as Juan
  • Marcia Coutiño known as Otra señora concierto
  • Rubén Cristiany known as Notario
  • Rafael Cuervo known as Leandro
  • Vicky de Fuentes known as Lucina
  • Abundino Díaz Alcantara known as Campesino mitín
  • Camila Fuentes known as Pía
  • Guillermo Gil known as Rodolfo
  • Aranza Gleason known as Teresa
  • Federico González Compeán known as Matón
  • Alberto Guerra known as Guillermo
  • Max Gutiérrez known as Téllez
  • Jesús Jimenez known as Admirador Vives 2
  • Raúl Kennedy known as Salvador
  • Emilio Lechón known as Checo – Age 3
  • Eugenia León known as Toña la Negra
  • Surya MacGregor known as Olga
  • Itari Marta known as Soledad
  • Patricia Martínez de Velasco known as Tía Gertrudis
  • Alejandra Marín known as Magda
  • Pilar Ixquic Mata known as Sofía
  • Arantza Moreno known as Verania – Age 5
  • Gina Morett known as La güera
  • Ana Ofelia Murguía known as Clarita
  • Concepción Ojeda Jr. known as Viejita Tonantzintla 2
  • Concepción Ojeda known as Viejita Tonantzintla 1
  • Pilar Padilla known as Sra. González
  • Andres Pardave known as Juez
  • Enrique Paredes known as Enrique
  • Salvador Parra known as Admirador Vives 1
  • Victor Partida known as Octavio
  • Julián Pastor known as General de arresto
  • Flor Payán
  • Leticia Pedrajo known as Sra. del Secretario
  • Álex Perea known as Pablo
  • Jorge Reynoso known as Gral. Fuentes
  • Carolina Rincón known as Pilar
  • Camila Risser known as Pia Guzman
  • Elvira Ruiz known as Enfermera
  • José Carlos Ruiz known as Soriano
  • Alicia Santillana known as Verania – baby
  • José Sefami known as Poncho Peña
  • Alfredo Sevilla known as Gral. Jiménez
  • Carla Sneider known as Vecina Vives
  • Camila Sodi known as Lilia Ascencio
  • Itza Sodi known as Javier
  • Rafael Sánchez Navarro known as Cordera
  • Gael Sánchez known as Checo – Age 7
  • Alejandro Usigli known as Julián
  • Isela Vega known as Gitana
  • Humberto Velez known as Canales
  • Rocío Verdejo known as Marilú
  • Mario Zaragoza known as Borracho

..

 

Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Gerardo Perez Arreola known as hair stylist
  • Regina Reyes known as makeup designer
  • David Ruiz Gameros known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Jorge Barba known as dressing assistant
  • Francisco Blanc known as set designer
  • Maria Fernanda Contreras known as graphic art designer
  • Patricia Cuevas known as property master
  • Joaquín de la Riva known as set dressing assistant
  • Hana Espinoza known as art department coordinator
  • Christian Galindo known as art department assistant
  • Hana Matsumoto known as art department coordinator
  • Noyolotl Orrante Mata known as set decoration assistant
  • Daniela Rojas known as set decorator assistant

..

 

Company

Production Companies:

  • Altavista Films
  • Altavista Films
  • La Banda Films

Other Companies:

  • iO Films  digital intermediate
  • Identity Studios  titles
  • iO Film  digital intermediate

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Only Hearts Company (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Latin America (2008) (Mexico) (all media)
  • DistriMax
  • Fox Filmes do Brasil (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (all media)

..

 

Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Aceves known as digital matte painter: LOOK! Effects
  • Mariana Acuña Acosta known as digital artist
  • Adam Avitabile known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Chad Buehler known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Cyntia Büll known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Michael Collins known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Christopher Dusendschon known as digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
  • Henrik Fett known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK! Effects
  • Jenny Foster known as visual effects producer: LOOK! Effects
  • Brad Kalinoski known as compositing supervisor: LOOK! Effects
  • Danny S. Kim known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Michael Liv known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Zachary Lo known as digital compositor
  • Chad Schott known as digital compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Martha Soehendra known as digital compositor
  • David Van Woert known as titles
  • Gustavo Bellon known as title animator (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Mexico 12 September 2008
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Colombia 14 November 2008
  • Peru 20 November 2008
  • Panama 21 November 2008
  • Argentina 27 November 2008
  • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Mexico 12 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Venezuela 20 March 2009
  • Spain 24 July 2009
  • Canada August 2009 (Montréal Film Festival)
  • Brazil 16 October 2009

MPAA: Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity and language

..

 
 

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


Tear This Heart Out (2008) Related Movie


Beastly (2011) Movie Poster
Rob the Mob (2014) Movie Poster
Burlesque (2010) Movie Poster
Upon a Midnight Clear (2009) Movie Poster
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Movie Poster


Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , .

9 Comments

  1. ironside (robertfrangie@hotmail.com) from Mexico
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    Mexican director Roberto Sneider wrote the script of "Tear This HeartOut" ("Arráncame la Vida") with the author and winner of the MazatlánPrize for Literature for the best book of the year Ángeles Mastrettapublished in Mexico in 1985 partially inspired by the life of MaximinoÁvila Camacho, a four-star general in Mexico's revolutionary forces,brother of Manuel Ávila Camacho who was President of Mexico from 1940to 1946…

    The film opens with the beautiful Catalina Guzmán (Ana ClaudiaTalancón) marrying at her early age a charismatic and cunning generalnamed Andrés Ascencio (Daniel Giménez Cacho), much older than her…Dazzled by his world, Catalina escorts him on his political campaigns,perceiving at his side the intriguing political systems to obtainsocial justice…

    Catalina, a smart but not an educated young woman, dedicates years ofher youth to a 'loving' husband… She comes to Puebla to hear from thevoice of her man, the governor of the beautiful city, that soon shewill be the First Lady of Mexico as he considers himself thebest-qualified candidate to win the race for the Presidency…

    But one day, Catalina finds out that her arrogant and prepotent machoman is cheating on her with several women and has several children outof that relationship… But in spite of all that, and observing herhusband's pervert and bad manners, Catalina continues to live withAndrés, to bear his two children, to train his others children in herfamily, to serve him as his adviser and to guide him to win elections,taking intense pleasure from that attitude… Nevertheless she learnsthat life and power are not always so pink…

    There is a scene during her pregnancy, where we saw her detecting thatshe is totally neglected… So, for the first time we watch her takingpleasure in having a love affair with a teenager who cherished herdearly…

    But the movie takes a dramatic turn when Catalina falls really in lovewith a concertmaster… And it was forbidden for her to fall in love!And she executes her cruel vengeance on Andrés sharing the musician'bed ignoring the predestined course of his future fate…

    And here Roberto Sneider's motion picture clearly comes off with threesignificant national old traditions: the 1930's post-revolutionaryMexico, the very crucial point for the Mexican girl, the "rite ofpassage," and the traditional macho man…

    The film is a love story through which three main characters areimportant for the viewer: Andrés, the charming officer, the greatorator with the voice so thrilling and so impacting… His wife Catalinadivulging how meaningless and insincere his promises are… And Carlos(Jose María de Tavira), the leader of the orchestra, the future of anew Mexico, the rebel, and what Mexico is expecting from her youngermen…

    The motion picture presents the concept of the long-suffering Mexicanwoman vanishing here with Catalina as seen powerful of character,efficacious and extreme in having an affair with the man she deeplyfalls in love, intense in degree to accept whatever she is asked fromher lover to carry out…

    Her representation of the submissive wife, in a macho world where womenare suppressed and their voices not heard, has fallen with herdetermined and ambivalent character here, as near Carlos, Catalina isanother woman who wishes, requests, and desires intensely the enjoymentof her personal liberty and personal efficacy…

    The result is a fine rich movie with many captivating visuals of thestunning state of Puebla, and definitely a must-see, at least for theMexican viewers…

  2. sopranodiva
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    I read Angeles Mastreta's book when it first came out and I just lovedit. She's written some more afterwards, but I never really liked themas I enjoyed "Arrancame la vida". When I knew that a movie about thisstory was going to be done I read the book again, and to be honest Iwent to see the movie with the intention of reinforce that "stories arealways better read in books, than depicted in movies". Well I waswrong.

    To my agreeable surprise I enjoyed every minute of it, just as much asI did reading the book for the first time. You easily digest a wittyyet sarcastic story, picturing a post revolutionary country societythat grabs you from the very first second. All the charactersare verywell pictured and the scenery is just perfect.

    Thank you for this kind of Mexican cinema: enjoyable, brilliant andproudly capable of the quality to be appreciated by any kind ofaudience of the world.

  3. f_herrero from Mexico
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    Period pieces in Mexico have been well done almost always, butproductions of period pieces had been only made for soap operas, neverbefore had a movie production been so well done.

    Although I never read the novel by Angeles Mastretta, I knew it wassomehow accurate, since I hear she is a direct descendant from thestory's protagonist Catalina -names are changed in the novel and film.This is shown by the richness of dialogs and curious anecdotes whichconstantly make you wonder which parts were completely true and whichsprung from the author's vivid imagination.

    Apart from the richness from the story and how the storytelling evolvessmoothly throughout the film, the production design makes you feelcompletely Mexico in the 1930s. The costumes are great also.

    The direction is almost perfect. Roberto Sneider takes you by surprisefirst at about minute 20, then slowly and smoothly hypnotizes you andnever lets go.

    Much credit goes to the lead Ana Claudia Talancon whose good looks andvery well developed character arc make you fall at first for her beautyand innocence, and later for her humanity, courage and cleverness.

    Daniel Gimenez Chaco's performance deserves praise also. He capturesthe Mexican Macho Persona perfectly, his cynical viewpoint of thingsand comments, bring humor to a character who would be otherwisedespicable.

    Second characters like de Tavira's and others feel a bitunderdeveloped, but in the end all actors do great jobs with theirlittle screen time and their contribution suffice.

    The drama never falls for the temptation to go overly melodramatic anddialogs are kept smart enough – even ironic at times – to make thismovie a fresh and satisfying take on the Mexican way of life. Itactually feels so accurate that deep thoughts of "nothing has everchanged really" do spring a few times.

    The music and editing are very well done also.

    Congratulations to everybody involved!

  4. Alonso Fragua (esquizzo) from Mexico
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    (Stupid IMDb. It doesn't get that I'm trying to type this comment inSpanish. OK. Here we go again in English)

    First, two strong statements: I have not read the book and I'm fromPuebla (the city where the story takes place).

    I don't know how good of an adaptation this movie is, but as acinematic product, "Arráncame la vida" works just fine. The leadingactors, as well as the rest of the cast, offer solid performances.Giménez Cacho, as always, portrays Andrés Ascencio very nicely. Hedepicts a son of-a-bitch general, who -despite this characteristics orbecause of these- is highly enjoyable. The macho humor that thischaracter uses, gives movement to the story. On top of that, we haveAna Claudia Talancón, the astonishing Catalina Guzmán. I'm not thebiggest fan of her but I have to say her performance is flawless.

    The references to the "poblano factor" (poblanez) gives a propersetting to the actions of the story, which mentions a lot of localmoments and characters of the 30's and 40's. However, the universalvalue of the movie (and the novel, I guess) remains. Caciques,corruption and battles over power exist everywhere, not only in Méxicobut all over the world.

    About directing and production, again, flawless. With a nearly 7million dollar budget, "Arráncame la vida" is the most expensive moviein México to this date. However it has the quality of any Hollywoodpicture that surely would need way more than that to achiev the sameresults. The cinematography and the powerful music give the finaltouches to a production which, I'm sure, the audience from Pueblaenjoyed and related to their own experiences and long time memories.Some nervous laughs could be heard in a packed premier at Puebla withmembers of the finest families of the region. You go guess what theythought of this portrait…

    Despite of that, people would be satisfied with the story from what Icould see and hear.

    Summing up: I strongly recommend this picture. It is not the "biggestMexican picture" but, no doubt, is a solid project with high productionvalues. I've never read any of Mastretta's books but now I want tostart.

  5. (BStruthandlogic) from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    "Arráncame la Vida" is a story from the perspective of Catalina Guzmán.At 16 she marries Andrés Ascencio and at 30 becomes his widow. He is apolitical machine always looking to rise within the ranks of politicsthe way he did in the military ranks during the Mexican Revolution.

    There were several omissions in the movie. Honestly, I believe thatthis is why the movie fell flat in a lot of ways, at least for me. Inever thought I would be one of those people who says it wasn't as goodas the book but it really was not as good as the book.

    In the book, you begin to like Andrés for various reasons as youcontinue reading because, even though he had moments of misogyny andmurder, he was teaching her how life works and how people can be. Hewas teaching her to defend herself and survive all the Bull that peopleshovel your way especially when they see you alone and "vulnerable".

    After a while you really don't find Catalina all that charming. For agrown woman, she behaved very immaturely. It seemed as though throwingtemper tantrums were her forté.

    When he does die, he does point out that he hurt her and he does it ina very direct way. They made light of that in the movie but it wasn't alight moment in the book. He also does not tell her he left hereverything until he calls in the attorneys and changes his will infront of her. He says he leaves her everything of his own accord infront of witnesses, so that no one can contest the will. She is peevedbecause now she has to determine how things get distributed.

    The thing with the tea was open ended in the book because you don'tknow if she killed him or if he became addicted to the tea. Accordingto the book, if you drank it in large amounts it could kill you. He wasdrinking it every day in large amounts in the book. She lets him knowbefore he drinks the last of the tea that it would be best if he nothave anymore but he insists. Reverse psychology? maybe.

    The other thing that they left out was the lesbian scene that Catalinahas with Andrea Palma.

    Then the funeral. It was in the home during the wake that Rodolfo comesat her with offering to help her with the will. She tells him to stayout of it because she has it under control and does not need his help.He does not respond because he doesn't know how. He goes over to thecasket and pretends to look heartbroken but the boredom sets in.

    Then there was also Rodolfo's desire for Catalina. She remembers whenhis fat ass chased her in a red dress Andrés had bought her in NY andshe threatens Rodolfo with telling Andrés about his behavior. Rodolfowas interested in exploiting Andres's death to get into Catalina'spants and gain access to the fortune Andrés had amassed. He didn'tthink she was very smart or that she was a quality woman the way theyinferred in the movie.

    The movie did not show Doña Herminia either.

    It also did not fully explain the story concerning his first wife. Themovie did also not talk about Virginia. There was more to it than wasinferred in the movie.

    The other thing was that he was going to be buried in Zacatlán. In thebook it was raining which is significant.

    If you are going to watch this movie read the book afterward. I thinkyou will enjoy the book more than the movie.

  6. jotix100 from New York
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    Angeles Mastretta's 1985 novel, "Arrancame la vida", was a huge successin Mexico as well as in many Spanish speaking countries. The title,which can be translated as "tear out my life", was also the title of afamous Mexican song, which is heard at the end of the film sung by TonaLa Negra, one of the best Mexican singers of all times.

    The narrative centers around Catalina Guzman. As the story begins, sheis a young woman that is dazzled by a much older man, Andres Ascencio.They get married, much against her father's objections. Catalina is notprepared for what her life will turn out with her new status. Andres,an ambitious, and well connected man in Puebla, decides to run forgovernor of the state. Before getting married Catalina had consulted aseer to see what her future will be and the fact she wanted to 'feel'.The woman's advice is a blunt one: she will use her sex in order tofulfill herself. A prophetic omen, indeed.

    Right after Catalina and Andres have their first child, he comes inwith two other children he had sired with another woman. Catalina, whois inexperienced, plus having to rear her own infant, is confused andresentful of the strangers that are thrown into her lap; a newresponsibility she didn't count on. Andre, a womanizer, will bringanother daughter into the household.

    Andres decides to take the family to Mexico City where he will becloser to influential people as he wishes to run for the presidency,eventually. Walking into the Bellas Artes auditorium one day, Catalinawatches a rehearsal of the local symphony orchestra. The director,Carlos Vives, gets annoyed with her presence. He wants her to step tothe rear of the theater where she will not distract the players. Thatmeeting will mark a turning point in Catalina's life. Unfortunately,Catalina doesn't realize how her amorous involvement with Carlos willchange her life as well as cause his death.

    This epic account of Ms. Mastretta's novel was written and directed byRoberto Sneider. The film gets the basic points of the novel incinematic terms resulting in an engrossing story that, althoughpredictable up to a point, doesn't prepare the viewer for the wayCatalina's resolve will free her at the end.

    Ana Claudia Talancon, who we first met in "El crimen del padre Amaro",makes an excellent impression with her Catalina. Ms. Talancon goes froma young woman to a sophisticated society lady effortlessly. Equallygood is the Andres of Daniel Gimenez Cacho, a wonderful actor thatalways delivers. Jose Maria De Tavira appears as Carlos Vives, theorchestra leader that falls in love with Catalina.

    Javier Aguirresarobe's cinematography takes us to places in Mexico thatare overlooked by most of his fellow cameramen. The music by LeonardoHeilblum and Jacobo Lieberman does wonder for the picture. RobertoSneider, an actor turned director, shows he has a talent that needs tobe seen.

  7. Tiago Donato from Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    I just saw this at the Rio de Janeiro film festival today. I hoped itwould explore a theme of sexist society, and of course it did. Thereare other quite interesting things too, but unfortunately most comes inpretty short glimpses, such as the complex nature of Catalina'srelationship with the General, and just what exactly it is like, it'sobvious that she doesn't completely hate her husband, but we're notreally given such a fair opportunity to understand the ambivalence ofher feelings, so that I found myself often wondering why she still hadnot left him, until a couple of very small pieces of information startto hint that some things are more complicated than they seem. For thisreason, it seems that some of the most interesting nuances you may feelhere, on a somewhat personal level, are not really delved into asdeeply as you might have liked it, but they are so many that I thinkit's fine this way, as each of our minds may hopefully observe andwander off into whatever direction moves us most, you will still beable to follow it with satisfaction. I believe in spite of the storybeing very good, the best in this film is Ana Claudia Talancón asCatalina. There is something that really struck me, maybe it's morethanks to the make-up artists, but the difference between Catalina as a16-year-old and Catalina later as she gets older is really quiteremarkable, and I really think it's in the acting, in her eyes, and Ithink it's really fantastic. On top of that, quite pleasing to the"especially interested" audience are Ana Claudia Talancón's looks: sheis very, very beautiful, and the film happily makes use of her awesomephysical traits. It can seem a little odd for a film of this theme tomake use of so much female nudity so openly, but I think it's importantfor the understanding of how much of Catalina's role as a wife ispurely sexual. Well, I hope someone will call me on it if I may beletting, uh, certain things cloud my judgement here, right now I feellike I'm being pretty sincere about it. The actor that plays thegeneral also does a very good job, but in my opinion no one can comparewith Catalina on the screen, she is just far more alive than anyoneelse in the film, perhaps because she is the only character in whoseeyes we share, so to speak. Overall, beyond any doubt, worth much morethan your 110 minutes and whatever you paid for the ticket, it's abargain. I recommend it in particular to anyone who is interested inthe theme of gender equality, and the brutal sacrifices that peopleunfortunately have to make to pay for the way in which our societieswork. I see now from other comments on here that the films also carriesheavy significance in regards to the history of Mexico, and I thinkthat's amazing that a film could have this entire other layer ofmeaning that, while enjoying the film thoroughly, I was completelyoblivious of (because I don't know Mexico's history). That's reallyvery cool, and shows that great care and dedication has been put intoevery step of it.

  8. hawparks from Huntington Park, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    In my opinion this is by far the best and most important Mexican moviesince "La Sombra del Caudillo". A movie also made from a novel in 1960that was seized by the army and never released, and was done in thesame style of using fictitious names. After I heard that this movie wasfilmed in my home town Puebla (I'm a US citizen now living in LA), anda candidate for a nomination for best foreign film, I rushed for thebook and read it. It didn't take too long for me to realize who andwhat she (Angeles Mastretta) was talking about, and I loved it. So Irushed for the DVD and couldn't find it, but somehow I saw the movie.In the version that I saw, I noticed an important and brief episodefrom the book (among others) that was missing in the movie almost atthe end. I'm referring to a serenade performed by the best and mostpopular artists in those days, Pedro Vargas and Agustin Lara (there's astatue of Lara in a park in Los Angeles), that ended in a clean fistfight won by the kid with the motorcycle, that the young daughter ofthe general loved, and who mysteriously died a few days later in amotorcycle accident (?). Who was the rich kid? Well, who could affordto take these artists to Puebla for a simple serenade? But who wants tobe an enemy of the media anyway. I wonder if the richest man in theworld, whose name appears at the end in the credits as contributor tothe movie, also contributed to the omission of this episode or if itwas not filmed at all, that, I don't know. But anyway that is not tooimportant compared to another character that is almost invisible in thebook (and movie) by the name of "Don Mike Heiss". If you find out whohe really was then do a simple research, like I did, and visit thearchives of the New York Times. You'll be surprise of these articlesfrom 1917 (the year Zapata was murdered)-1919 (Villa was murdered a fewyears later) when USA was about to invade Mexico again just to liberatethis special agent ("Heiss") from a Puebla penitentiary. "HEISS" becamethe richest man in Mexico and probably in the world after Rockefeller,and was the partner of all the richest man in Mexico at the time, withthe help of "General Ascencio", who was in charge of making offersnobody could refuse. After "Ascencio" died, "Cienfuegos" became one ofthe richest men in the world during the six years he was president. Allthis just proves that unfortunately there is nothing to celebrate nextyear on the centennial of the revolution the 18th day of November 1910,with the exception of remembering Aquiles Serdan the first martyr ofthe unconsummated and so-called revolution, initiated also in mybeautiful home town of Puebla de Los Angeles (Mastretta?). The actingin this movie is the best I've seen in many years. Thank you AnaClaudia, Daniel and Roberto, from now on you are my favorite actors anddirector. Please don't go to Hollywood, you all are more needed inMexico.

  9. MarianoDanush from Mexico
    30 Mar 2012, 11:56 pm

    This movie may contain some strong scenes, but it is a good screenplaythat becomes great by the excellent performance of Daniel GimenezCacho. Ana Claudia Talancon makes a good performance look even betterby her beauty. But unfortunately not all actors in this movie are good,I'm talking of the horrible work that Jose Maria de Tavira does in thismovie, its a bad acting work but it looks like garbage compared to hiscoworker Gimenez Cacho. The screenplay its a great adaptation of thebooks written by Angeles Mastretta, this screenplay was done by theauthor of the book and the director, Roberto Sneider. The movie takes atheme that reminds you of La Ley de Herodes, so it portrays the oldfashion politicians in Mexico, which still exist. The directors work isa good work which makes you try to remember his name, i personallyhadn't seen any of his previews works but now that I've seen this oneI'm sure gonna see his next work, he directed Dos Crimenes with PedroArmendariz Jr. and Damian Alcazar. The movie is worth seeing and youenjoy it a great deal thanks to the acting of Gimenez Cacho, i hope tosee more lead roles from him. So i hope you enjoy this one, and it hasbeen already released so i don't know why it is shown as in productionstill.

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA : *