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A Wonderful World (2008)

Jr. Pedro Armendariz , Ernesto Gmez Cruz , Luis Estrada  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jr. Pedro Armendariz, Ernesto Gmez Cruz, Antonio Serrano, Alex Cox, Guillermo Gil
  • Directors: Luis Estrada
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alebrije Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DDBCZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Juan P‚rez, the poorest of the poor, becomes famous by accident when he is seen as attempting to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building to protest against the government for his social condition. The Secretary of the Treasury, held responsible for the uprising that has taken place from the act of P‚rez, decides to change his life by donating him a house, a car and a job. But when other poor people, friends of P‚rez, become aware of his change of fortune, they also decide to imitate him threatening to jump off other tall buildings of the city. The Secretary, surprised and feeling as if he's now losing control of the situation by the acts taking place among other street beggars, decides to take matters into his own hands and declare being poor a crime, thereby getting rid of the country's poor once and for all.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet Mexican movie with a political message November 22, 2008
Juan Perez is a lovable, hapless drunk who enters the World Finance Center's building in Mexico City to catch some Zzzz after another cold and rainy night of drinking tequila. Little did he know the janitor would come into the office for some light cleaning. Frightened, Juan climbs out the window to hang on the ledge (which was tense enough to watch, knowing how much tequila he had had). When he screams "Help Me" to passers-by below, people think he was attempting suicide. He plays along with that idea, telling everyone it was his poor life that brought him to his grief.

His condition catches the attention of the wife of the Secretary of the Interior. The wife convinces her husband to get Juan a nice home, a car and even a job. The husband complies, as he wants to be the next president of the World Bank.

For a while Juan's life is a reflection of his dreams: a wife, a house, a car, a family. But all that is lost...

The movie starts out in a happy mood, but ends in a bittersweet tale. I don't want to mention anything else or otherwise I'd spoil the end. This is a movie that can certainly incite heated discussion of global economies, working classes, and status of wealth.

This movie shows how money can corrupt, how family and friends are important, how living happily does not always mean having a lot of money,although "one day of being rich beats a lifetime of being poor." But this movie also shows the class distinctions and class treatments and the discrimination between rich and poor in Mexico. One can argue that this movie mocks the current Mexican government and its treatment of its poor.

One thing I noticed is that all the governmental workers in this movie were white Spanish Europeans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right wing solution June 24, 2011
By Luis
This may be consider a black comedy film. It is not cheerleading AMLO as a poor reviewer mentioned before. It is presenting with black humour the silly position of politics in order to get a solution to the expenses in social-care and "create" a perfect Mexico. It is not cheerleading social-care, but it is portraiting a very radical right wing position.
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Unlike the director's earlier masterpiece, La Ley de Herodes, this film is not brave political commentary against corruption but rather blatant politcal cheerleading for the Mexican fascista Chavista, Andres Manuel Lopez Perdedor. If you are part of the AMLO cult, by all means watch and enjoy. If you are among the great majority of Mexicans who voted against him, however, this whole film will feel like a grand waste of time.
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