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  • Actors: Victor Carpinteiro, Blanca Guerra, Jorge Martinez, Jorge Moreno, Martha Navarro
  • Directors: Maria Novaro
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VJ3E44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Mexican film legend Maria Rojo stars in this delicately crafted drama as Julia, a single mother employed as a telephone operator. The high point of her week is to relax at the danzon, a weekly dance where dancing partners needn't be romantic partners. When Julia s regular partner an older man whose courtesy and politeness she values turns up missing, she travels to Veracruz to search for him. In the course of her quest, she ends up finding herself. Rojo offers a subtle portrait of an everyday woman who faces trouble in order to uncover her strengths.
Award-winning director Maria Novaro (Lola; The Garden of Eden) reveals a fondness for the tradition of the danzon, and for Mexico's singers and songs of the '40s and '50s. Her celebration of popular traditions from Mexico s past is contagious.

Customer Reviews

This movie left me feeling great & happy.
Salsavideoreviews.org
To an outsider, Veracruz looks very Indian and Mexican.
ixta_coyotl
It has fantastic acting and a great storyline.
Jodi Eberhard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ixta_coyotl on January 13, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD as soon as I saw it came available and was not disappointed. On the surface, the story consists of a single middle-aged mother (Maria Rojo) who works as a Mexico City phone operator and enjoys spending her weekends bailando Danzón (a Caribbean sort of ballroom dancing with Franco-Haitian roots from Cuba). One day her dance partner leaves town, throwing her life out of rhythm (some might say into a menopausal crisis), from which she heads off to Veracruz to look for him. That's basically the whole story, but it's what lies beneath which really makes the film special.

Director Maria Novarro was one of the bright stars of Mexico's cinematic revival of the 1990s, which would give rise to the explosion of Novo Cine Mexicana at the end of that decade. Danzón is full of evocative references to great films from Mexico's history, in particular the preclassic The Woman of the Port aka La Mujer del Puerto, and Emilio Fernandez's towering Epoca Dorada classic Salon Mexico [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America] (as well as Victimas del Pecado). Little things like the Russian sailor remind one of the days when Eisenstein, Boytler, and Trotsky spent some of their happiest days in swing era Mexico.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Eberhard on April 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is worth watching! It has fantastic acting and a great storyline. It about a woman, Julia, and the dance, Danzon. The dance is much like her life, very rigid and controlled. After Julia's partner of many years stopped showing up for their usual dance, she worries and leaves to go find him. Her journey takes her to Veracruz. There she meets many delightful people who try to help her find him. After she has a love affair with a younger man, she leaves to go back home. While she is on her journey, she discovers a lot about herself and who she is. She left not only to find her partner, but to find herself as well. This movie is great for anyone who is willing to take a risk to find themselves!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is one of my absolute favorites! A must see for anyone who has ever gone in search of a little spice and adventure in their lives! Terrific true to life story, terrific script, terrific acting! If only everyone could be brave enough to leave their droll boring existences long enough to REALLY follow their hearts -- this movie made me want to go hop the next plane to Veracruz and learn the hypnotic Danzon rhythm! The unforgettable characters and the experiences the main character has during her quest for her dance partner will stay in your memory long after you have turned off your vcr!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
One of my all time favorites. If you don't have the time to visit the fabulous port of Veracruz, watch this video. It captures the essence of Mexico.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Victorino on September 27, 2012
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
For people who do not understand Spanish, it has English subtitles.
This a cute story of one particular woman that her passion was
to go on weekends to the dance hall where they play Danzones,
Argintina's popular dance. She and coworkers from the telephone
company where they were telephone operators, would go to this
dance hall. For the main character, she had one particular dance
partner who she enjoyed dancing with. This was routine until one
time her partner was not at the dance hall and had suddenly
disappeared. Well, the story goes that she took some vacation
time from her work to go look for him. Somebody told her that he
might have gone to Veracruz to work on the ships. She tried to
find him and in the meantime embarked on a series of adventures.
She met a sailor whom she had an affair with, met a couple of
gays that befriended her and tried to help her. They were very
funny, always worrying about her. Until her vacation was up, not
finding him so she said goodbye to all her new friends and returned
home. Well, the first weekend after her return she's at the dance
hall dancing with a new partner when someone cut in and it was her
permanet dance partner and this is where it ends !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on January 22, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This original work is an arresting feminist tale about a middle aged woman who rejoins with her forgotten sensuality , performing a ballroom dance known at the danzon.

The hidden codes immersed in this typical Latin American rhythm will become a reborn of the affective world of this woman , giving back her new reasons to live and love.

Interesting premise to explore the intimacies of the beloved and few times unspoken feminine universe.
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