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The Bold and Beautiful,
This review is from: La Mujer de Mi Hermano (DVD)Barely a step above a Soap Opera, "La Mujer de Mi Hermano" lacks the weight and sincerity to support its heavy duty themes of child molestation and latent homosexuality. Bewilderingly, these major themes are raised by the characters and just as bewilderingly dropped: neither explained nor resolved.
Though the film itself is quite beautifully photographed, it nonetheless is oftentimes vapid and silly and lacking in intelligent, sincere and psychologically cogent motivation.
Zoe' (a gorgeous Barbara Mori) and Ignacio (a sturdy and icy Christian Meier) are married and unhappy: Ignacio is physically beautiful but cold and Zoe' is both physically beautiful, psychologically aware and in possession of a warm, inviting personality....a situation fraught with difficulties
Ignacio's brother Gonzalo (Manolo Cardona looking like nothing if not a throwback to the 70's with his anglo-afro and full beard), though warm and puppy-like on the outside is even more of a viper than his brother: his relationships with women border on the cruel and certainly lack any kind of commitment on Gonzalo's part.
Combine Ignacio, Gonzalo and Zoe' together and you have one hell of a spicy stew. Unfortunately Director Ricardo de Montreuil, is not the cook to stir this pot in the right direction. His mise en scene is icy-cold, filled with hard surfaces like the concrete and glass of Ignacio and Zoe's house: could anything approximating Love exist in these surroundings?