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Drama/Mex (2005)

Fernando Becerril , Diana Garcia , Gerardo Naranjo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fernando Becerril, Diana Garcia, Miriana Moro, Juan Pablo Castaneda, Emilio Valdes
  • Directors: Gerardo Naranjo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000VKL6V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,636 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Torrid love triangles and dark secrets are exposed during a long, hot day in the once lush and now decadent resort town of Acapulco. Beautiful and cool Fernanda is forced to deal with the intense sexual tension between her and her ex-lover. An office worker with hidden indiscretions attempts suicide in a beachfront hotel when interrupted by a precocious and equally dishonest teenage girl.

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4.0 out of 5 stars what it lacks in flash it makes up for in sincerity September 20, 2009
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"Drama/Mex" tells of three everyday people in Acapulco whose lives intersect over the course of a two-day period. The characters include an attractive young woman named Fernanda (Diana Garcia), who's having trouble deciding whether to stay with her current beau (Juan Pablo Castaneda) or to return to her thieving cad of an ex-boyfriend (Emilio Valdes); a middle-aged business man named Jaime (Fernando Becerril), who's contemplating suicide as a way out of his unhappiness (there`s a hint that he might be having an incestuous relationship with either his daughter or stepdaughter); and a half naďve/half streetwise girl named Tigrillo (Miriana Moro), who's in the process of learning how to rip off rich, male tourists for fun and profit. The last two characters meet when Tigrillo slips into Jaime's beachside motel room to steal his wallet right at the moment that he has a loaded gun to his head. Together, these two people with relatively little in common beyond their happening to be at the same place at the same time, manage to forge an unlikely relationship that defies easy labeling.

"Drama/Mex" is a homespun, slice-of-life drama that isn't obsessed with making big dramatic gestures or revealing grand universal truths about human nature. Instead, it simply introduces us to its characters and lets their stories play out naturally, with very little manipulation or fanfare. Though the narrative is clearly contrived to some extent, the film still manages to capture the random nature of life as we live it. The characters don't necessarily "learn" anything from their experiences - but they do emerge from those experiences, to some degree or another, "changed" people, willing to look at their lives from a decidedly different vantage.
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Amidst one day in Acapulco, two sexually charged stories intertwine together in the Mexican film "Drama/Mex." With plot threads meant to provoke, it's easy to dismiss "Drama/Mex" as an overheated melodrama. But the (mostly) young cast brings a believability to the general feeling of being morally adrift in the big city. The primary negative criticism that I had heard leveled against this film was that none of its central characters were remotely likable. I don't feel that is necessarily true in the strictest sense, but they certainly act with a selfishness and impetuousness that might distance them from certain viewers. The notion of disaffected youth, however, is not a new concept in film--so I really didn't find it hard to identify with the characters in "Drama/Mex." For me, the day-in-the-life concept played well--even if, ultimately, there wasn't a grand meaning to be taken from it all.

In one thread, a young couple reunite in a torrid affair. Making plans to run off has one obstacle, however. The girl's current boyfriend isn't any too keen about the notion. As the night progresses heatedly, everyone must make a decision as the trio experience a number of emotional confrontations. The other plot point concerns a suicidal businessman and an underage girl who is hustling at the beach as they form a tentative friendship. It's an odd pairing, and certainly one that my cause an uncomfortable feeling, but somehow this unlikely duo may hold the power to redeem one another. Overall, the cast did a nice job with the material presented.

If I have any reservations about "Drama/Mex" is that it doesn't really dig into the psychology of its characters. The viewer is left to make any assessments on purely surface behavior.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama/Mex - Mexican power December 20, 2007
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"Drama/Mex" is directed by Gerardo Naranjo, Diego Luna & Gaél García Bernal and they've created a real "obra maestra"...the story in it reflects for sure the life of the actual mexican youth between Mexico City and Acapulco, full of emotions, magnific music and beautiful colored scenes...dive in into the mexican vida!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie. October 19, 2011
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This movie needs t obe seen more. I found about it few years ago. I finally bought it and definitely it's worth the time. Aprox. 90 min.
The plot is simple, but it has substance. Highly reco
mmended.
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