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Presagio

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When Mama Santos declares, "Something bad is going to happen," it becomes a bad omen and a self-fulfilling prophecy, rather than a mere statement. Her provincial little town quickly transforms from a close-knit village to a virtual ghost town. Few townsfolk can find work, and quilt and hate permeate the community, resulting in devastating consequences. As Mama Santos watches one resident after another vacate the premises, she utters with certainty, "I told you something terrible was going to happen."

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  • Actors: David Reynoso, Fabiola Falcón, Lucha Villa, Pancho Córdova, Eric del Castillo
  • Directors: Luis Alcoriza
  • Writers: Luis Alcoriza, Gabriel García Márquez
  • Producers: Ramiro Meléndez
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinemateca
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000IU37PW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Presagio" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juan Camaney on December 24, 2006
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The world of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has rarely translated succesfully on screen. What is seductive and mysterious on the page often falls flat (like Arturo Ripstein's adaptation of "El Coronel no tiene Quien le Escriba") or worse, becomes ridiculous, like the atrocious "Edipo Alcalde" from Jorge Ali Triana.

That's not the case with this movie, an original story Garcia Marquez cowrote with director Luis Alcoriza in the Seventies, which has been recently been made available in the US (but not in Mexico).

Although some find the film ponderous, the story moves seamlessly and ironically to its fatalistic, surreally comic, bleak ending.

Chaos, violence, rape and even murder are unleashed by a (stupidly? accurate?) ominous prediction by Mama Santos, the gargoyle like ancient midwife of the town (played by the great Anita Blanch. She predicts that "Something terrible is going to happen in the town", and it actually happens.

If the film were just an indictment of superstition and its consequences, it would be just one more in an endless list of similar films. However, as presented by Garcia Marquez and Alcoriza, the question remains vague, but open: is it just Mama Santos creating chaos or paranoia, or was the town actually doomed? The initial image of a white horse wandering lonely in the outskirsts of town is haunting, as are many of the scenes of the film.

It is the mix of the magical, the bizarre and the political which make "Presagio" one of the best (and most underrated) Mexican movies of the 70s. A small girl throwing rats in the river; the town outcast raping a drunken, asleep spinster; a desperate (and always hungry) priest who can not contain the barbaric forces at work; a man shooting his beloved mule in the head...
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