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La Mujer de Mi Hermano (My Brother's Wife) (Unrated)

Release Date: April 14th, 2006 (Village East Cinemas and AMC Empire 25) by Lionsgate Films.
The Cast: Bárbara Mori, Christian Meier, Manolo Cardona, Gaby Espino, Beto Cuevas, Bruno Bichir, Angélica Aragón.
Directed by Ricardo de Montreuil.
In Spanish with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: Zoe (Mori) has an affair with Gonzalo (Cardona), her husband’s brother.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The plot seems as if it were straight out of a predictable daytime soap opera and, more often than not, that’s exactly how it plays out. Zoe doesn’t get enough physical attention from her husband Ignacio (Meier), especially lack of attention in bed. Luckily, Ignacio’s younger brother Gonzalo comes to the rescue for her in the sexual department after she poses for him for his artwork. Will it end up being a “fatal attraction”? Will Ignacio find out about the affair? Screenwriter Jaime Bayly cares more about gradual character development until a few predictable plot twists in the third act which seem too contrived. Bárbara Mori looks luminous in every scene—at least director Ricardo de Montreuil seems to think so because the camera fixates on her sexy body in almost every one of her scenes. In terms of production values, the set design looks great along with the beautiful cinematography and music score which makes everything pleasant for your eyes and ears. If only the plot were more imaginative and original.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Often predictable and contrived.


IN A NUTSHELL: Beautiful cinematography! Bárbara Mori is luminous! However, the contrived, soap-opera-like plot has nothing insightful or surprising.


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