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  • Actors: Luis Fernando Peña, Martha Higareda, Ximena Sariñana, Karla Alvarado, Héctor Arévalo
  • Directors: Fernando Sariñana
  • Writers: Carolina Rivera
  • Producers: Fernando Sariñana, Eckehardt Von Damm, Francisco González Compeán
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JBXH78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Amar Te Duele" on IMDb

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  • Menus in English and Spanish

Editorial Reviews

Teenagers Renata (Martha Higareda) and Ulises (Luis Fernando Pena) search for love and freedom amidst class divides, prejudice, peer pressure and urban violence in this moving Romeo and Juliet story set in the shopping malls, working class barrios and wealthy neighborhoods of Mexico City.

Customer Reviews

It has everything the classic romeo&Juliet story has- drama and tragedy!
Milkywaykisses
While the plot itself isn't incredibly original, the movie is made enjoyable thanks to a warm performance by the very beautiful Martha Higareda.
Compay
I just shows that when two people love each other they will do whatever they have to do to be together.
L. Maldonado

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By GNV on December 25, 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of the most powerful, tender, and well-acted films of forbidden love I have ever seen with an amazing cast with a beautifully interwoven soundtrack of the best Spanish rock bands in Mexico. I bought the DVD in Mexico in '02 just a year after its theatrical release without having seen it. I only asked about it since I was seeing posters all over the city.

I was glad that I bought it and showed it to my Spanish students. The result was nothing but tears and amazement at a beautifully told story of an impossible love because of an extreme difference in class. A teenage boy from a humble upper low class family falls in love with a upper class teenage girl; a love that is frowned upon in reality in actual Mexico City, where the story takes place.

Be ready to feel for the characters, understand the societal structure, and sense the frustration that the two main characters face while they struggle to be together for love. An amazing film for being a teenage love story... This was truly an Oscar-worthy film!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on March 31, 2007
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this. It's a reminder of how classic the premise of Romeo and Juliet really is, but it's always nice to see the story cast in new and innovative ways. This film does that. Martha Higareda is lovely as Renata, and in general Fernando Sariñana does a great job of getting the most out of his young actors. For American viewers this will also have the refreshing complexity of recent Mexican film in that it shows the class frictions and prejudices.

I did think the ending played out a little to conveniently tragic. It's not exactly as the original, of course. That ending might have been too elaborate to get into this story realistically. Instead the director goes for a gritty, believable sort of realism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Compay on January 14, 2010
Format: DVD
As moviegoers, we've been beaten over the head with the Romeo and Juliet adaptations. What makes Amar Te Duele stand out is director Fernando Sariñana's decision to emphasize the differences between the socioeconomic strata of Mexico.

The majority of mainstream Mexican movies fail to touch on the rift that can exist between Nacos and Fresas. The closest equivalent in English that you can probably find to "Naco" is "White Trash", a Mexican that is considered by others to be lower-class or unrefined. To the contrary, Fresas are what you might consider the Mexican equivalent of "Preppy" individuals. These expressions are used lightly in movies such as "Y Tu Mama Tambien" to help polarize the lead characters, and show the influence it has on their relationship. Amar Te Duele is a breath of fresh air in that it delves deeper into the Naco/Fresa class differences that exist in Mexico, but rarely make it to American cinema.

While the plot itself isn't incredibly original, the movie is made enjoyable thanks to a warm performance by the very beautiful Martha Higareda. Higareda does a great job, despite this being her film debut, having only previously appeared in a handful of soap operas on Mexican television.

Amar Te Duele is not a top-notch example of Mexican filmmaking, but it is certainly a DVD that you will want to own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Duran on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this movie while staying in Mexico and it is a stunning, eye-opening look into the class differences in Mexico City. Most American (United States) looks into Mexico involve dusty border towns and sombrero-laiden stereotypes. This shows you another side of Mexico: class differences in one of the largest cities on earth. After 6 weeks in Mexico, much of it in Mexico City, I have a new view of life and of the world.

This movie is worth a watch. If you're not fluent in Spanish (I speak it, but I'm not fluent), you will want to use the subtitles, because it's full of slang and cussing in Spanish that would be impossible for a school-educated Spanish-speaker to get a grip of on the first watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KVela:) on November 2, 2010
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One of the best mexican movies out there. Theres a lot of cursing, some nudity and sometimes the black and white part gets annoying. But other than that, its an amazing movie. You're going to fall in love with it. Truly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on February 12, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is much more than a teenage love story ala Romeo and Juliet. The storyline about two teenagers who fall in love despite all the obstacles is well told. The story of Renata, the well-to-do fair skinned beauty, played to the tee by the lovely Martha Higareda and the boy from the other side of the tracks, dark skinned artist Ulises,played by Luis Fernando Pena is a love story that must overcome racism, social barriers and gain acceptance against all odds. There is also a good performance by the multi-talented, singer and actress, Ximena Sarinana, who plays the brat, younger sister of Renata, who is constantly trying to tell her older sister to leave Ulises alone as she sides with her parents. She has her own issues that she should be more concerned with.

The cinematography is fast paced ,very artistic camera work MTV-style, with transitions from black and white to color and saturated color frames; the split frame within a frame is eye candy for the viewer. Technically it is a very modern, unconventional style that is very pleasing. The soundtrack is amazing featuring many artists including the young songbird Ximena Sabrina, who also happens to be the daughter of the director Fernando Sabrina. This is a movie that delights on every level;intelectually,visually and aurally. Although fun to watch, the movie proves to be much more as the questions raised about Mexican culture and the differences within society permeates throughout the movie and begs for answers. Somehow you just know it is not going to be a happpy ending. True to Romeo and Juliet form it ends in a tradegy. If you want to be entertained than check out this movie if you haven't seen it before, if not watch it again because it is that good. Highly recommended for all, especailly the young at heart.
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