Release Date: July 11th, 2007 (IFC Center) by IFC First Take.
The Cast: Fernando Becerril, Juan Pablo Castaneda, Diana Garcia, Martha Claudia Moreno, Miriana Moro, Emilio Valdés.
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo.
In Spanish with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: On Alcapulco beachfront, Jaime (Becerril), tries to commit suicide and befriends, Tigrillo (Moro) a young girl who tries to con him while Gonzalo (Castaneda) becomes jealous when his girlfriend, Fernanda (Garcia) hangs out with her ex-boyfriend, Chano (Valdés).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Drama/Mex suffers from dull characters, a meandering plot and an unnecessarily slow pace. Chano still loves his ex-girlfriend, Fernanda, and, soon enough there’s a love triangle between her, him and her current boyfriend, Gonzalo. None of these scenes feel compelling or interesting enough to hold your interest, especially with so little character development. The separate plot also takes place on the beachfront and feels just as dull and meandering as it follows a fifteen-year-old runaway, Tigrillo, who cons a much older man for money and befriends him when she learns that he wants to commit suicide. Writer/director Gerardo Naranjo fails to generate any real drama or romance or, at least, scenes that feel authentic and complex in some way. He moves the wafer-thin plot at an excruciatingly slow pace and includes too many shots of the picturesque beach, which makes this film reek of pretension. If only he had spent more time focusing on adding more character or plot development and connected the two parallel plots in an interesting way, this would have been much more lively and entertaining. Unfortunately, it amounts to nothing more than a travelogue of Acapulco’s beautiful beaches.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Wafer-thin plot, dull characters and often meandering.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 14
IN A NUTSHELL: Picturesque scenery doesn’t nearly make up for dull characters and a meandering, wafer-thin plot.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: None
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