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Espiral (2009)

Mayra Serbulo , Izua Larios , Jorge Perez Solano  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mayra Serbulo, Izua Larios, Angeles Cruz, Xochiquetzal Rodriguez, Mayahuel del Monte
  • Directors: Jorge Perez Solano
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Venevision International
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037EDIO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Starring Mayra Serbulo: Nominated four times for the Silver Ariel (Suporting actress) at the Ariel Awards, Mexico. Starred in such films as Apocalypto , Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Y tu Mama Tambien

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English: With the desire to improve their lives, the men of Huajuan de Leon emigrate without realizing that they are destroying that which they want to save most, their families. This is the story of Diamantina and Araceli, two young women from the Oaxacan Mixtec who watch their men, Santiago and Macario, leave for the States in search of a better life. Santiago tries to raise money in order to marry Diamantina, whose father abides by the tradition of a marriage dowry. Macario is looking to alleviate his familys poverty. When the men return to the village they try to recover what they had left behind, but things are no longer the same. Spiral is a generational story about patriarchal society, the power of community and family . A love story that explores with beautiful cinematography and complex characters the archaic social and moral codes that still prevail in the small towns of Mexico. <P> Spanish: Intensa historia de amor que refleja la realidad de muchos inmigrantes quienes buscando una mejor vida termina destruyendo lo que ellos mas quieren; sus propias familias. Santiago y Macario son forzados a salir de México en busca de un mejor futuro dejando atrás las mujeres de sus vidas, Diamantina y Araceli tienen que luchar para sobrevivir. Cuando los hombres retornan a la villa se encuentran con que todo ha cambiado y que será muy difícil recuperar lo que dejaron atrás. El papel de la mujer y su lucha permanente por mantener sus familias tomando las riendas de sus vidas a la par de un hombre. Nominada como Mejor Film en el Festival de Cartagena 2009. <P> Nominated for the 2009 Cartagena Film Festival Golden India Catalina Award for Best Film

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5.0 out of 5 stars Espiral April 14, 2010
Immigration is the never-ending debate of our times. It always feeds political campaigns for individuals that desperately want to capture the votes of equally desperate people that find it convenient to blame their problems on the immigrants. "Espiral" (Spiral) would be a perfect title for this repetitive and futile cycle, and it happens to be name of this passionate and absorbing film, in which we are presented another angle of this problem, different from the ones that have been previously portrayed in Hollywood.

"Espiral" tells us a story that can be happening anywhere in our planet, in which people migrate to a different country to find a better future. In this case, the story takes place in a small rural town in Mexico. It all begins when Santiago (Harold Torres) wants to marry Diamantina (Lazua Larios). However, as tradition in small towns dictates, Santiago has to ask Taurino (Gabriel Pascual), Diamantina's father, for his blessing. Taurino, who is unhappy because he never had a son, wants to make sure that he gets some type of retribution for giving his daughter away. For this purpose, he approves the wedding, but with the condition that Santiago has to get some money for Taurino, with the excuse that it will be used to support his wife-to-be. This forces Gonzalo to travel to the United States to work and save some money, which is precisely what he does, together with his friend Macario (Eduardo Santander). As you may probably tell, many things will happen in the little town while Gonzalo and Macario are gone.

Contrary to most other movies about immigration, in which we witness the plight of the immigrants during their crossing or after their arrival to the United States, "Espiral" deals with what happens to the people left behind..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Espiral July 10, 2012
By Ino
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Very beaitiful story, picture and very well directed as well. Love it and recommended to those who like cultural films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could someone explain what happened? July 18, 2014
By Lumiere
I watched Espiral, which has no subtitles available, as part of my study of Spanish. It's a beautifully done movie and was very interesting culturally. I could only understand a word or two here and there and so had to rely on the action in front of me. Because of this I was mystified about several things in the movie and did not understand the ending. I have not been able to find any explanation online. I hope someone will kindly explain: Where did Diamantina's baby come from? It couldn't be Santiago as he'd been gone for three years. I couldn't spot any reference or explanation at all. Was that a faked death of Macario? Why go to that trouble?? Did Macario's wife actually curse him at his funeral? What was Macario trying to accomplish when he returned? He said he wanted "his blood" but I didn't see any interaction between him and his wife. Was Macario actually crazy, just a drunkard, or faking it? Was Santiago actually courting Magdalena? What was said between Santiago and Diamantina about this? If someone could actually explain the story from the 15-years-prior to present point, I would very much appreciate it.
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