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SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY! (EP)_A French psychologist is obsessed with the study of famous suicidal women. She comes across the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the investigation she travels to Mexico to reveal her life and discovers, like Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in "The Hours" that in a man's world, women of that era, had very limited options. When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXTQC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Antonietta Rivas Mercado was a writer and social activist who lived during a stormy period of Mexico's history. Her personal life was as dark and dramatic as that of her era.

This film follows her from childhood when, as the daughter of a famous architect, she posed for the golden angel atop the famous column of Independence in Mexico City, and ends when she committed suicide in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

As a young woman, she married but left her husband and fell madly in love with a homosexual painter. Their Platonic relationship lasted for several years until she met a Mexican intellectual who was running for president of the country on the platform of offering education to the masses. She, and the painter supported him and eventually she became his lover and prime advisor.

After he was defeated she accompanied him in exile to Paris. In a telling scene, she begs him to tell her if he still needs her. He replies, that, really no one needs anyone, only God. Obviously this wasn't the answer she was hoping for, and that's when she committed her last dramatic act, by pressing the pistol to her heart in the pews of the Notre Dame.

Antonieta's story is told through the eyes of a modern day Parisian psychologist, played by Hannah Schygulla, who is researching the cases of women who committed suicide in the 20th Century. She becomes fascinated by Antonieta's story and travels to Mexico to find out more. There are wonderful film clips of life in Revolutionary and post Revolutionary Mexico showing pictures of female peasants strapped with ammunition for their rifles, and such heros as Pancho Villa, complete with huge sombrero. I found these segments some of the most interesting parts of the film.
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Althought Saura's "Antonieta" is frequently considered as a lesser work, this movie doesn't deserve the extremely poor transfer to DVD that Vanguard Cinema made. Obviously taken from a poor TV transmission, the image shows every imperfection you can imagine. I couldn't believe that, in the climatic scene, the film shows a "twisted" TV signal! Frankly A BIG ROBBERY. Please, don't buy this movie (at least the Vanguard Cinema edition).
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Horrible movie about someone the reviewers below know nothing about. Seeing this movie, I don't blame them.

About the character:

Antonieta Rivas Mercado was a Mexican writer and feminist. She was the wealthy daughter of a famed architect who sent her to Paris when events in Mexico took a turn for the worse in 1915. She wed a British subject, had a sad marriage and a son. She returned to her country to get divorced, didn't, and got involved in Mexico's artistic Renaissance under José Vasconcelos tenure as Education Minister (1922). She wrote poetry, theater, prose and journalism, though she is mostly remembered today for her private letters. A free spirit, she promptly fell madly in love with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, who did not reciprocate, and was himself an unhappily married homosexual (by the way, Rodrígues Lozano's wife, Carmen Mondragón [a.k.a. "Nahui Ollin"] a stunning blond beauty, had a troubled life of her own to match Antonieta's. Raped by her father, despaired of her husband's sexual preferences, she drowned her baby in the tub, became a whore and died an old alcoholic homeless harpy by the time this movie came out).

Later on, Ms Rivas Mercado had an affair with Vasconcelos, who was running for President at the time (1929). His campaign gained the support of women (he promised them the vote), students, intellectuals and the middle class, but the revolutionary generals that ruled Mexico weren't about to take any chances: they rigged the election, murdered any protesters and exiled Vasconcelos to Europe -Antonieta along with him. Defeated, Vasconcelos became bitter, egotistical and self-absorbed. He soon tired of Antonieta and got rid of her.
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It is a god film but unfortunately the quality of the DVD is extremely poor. It looks as if it has been recorded from a VHS tape and they made a bad job of it. The sellers should indicate on their advertisement how the DVD was produced. That would enable the purchaser to make up his/her mind whether he still want to buy the DVD. That would be more honest....
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C'est un film mineur de Saura mais malheureuseument il y a la sublime Isabelle Adjani!!! Alors j'ai été obligé de l'acheter. Quelle déception. La qualité est pire qu'une cassette VHS. La compagnie Vanguard qui l'a publié est-elle fière de ce produit? Je ne le crois pas!!! Alors fuyez en vitesse! Attendons une nouvelle publication d'un éditeur qui se respècte.
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This is a drama re-enactment of a historical figure in Mexican history in Spanish with English subtitles. It gives footage of the Mexican Revolution and Context surrounding this enigmatic historical figure. It will not disappoint and includes prominent actors of Mexico.
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An excellent film and an essential, little known, addition to the collection of any Isabelle Adjani aficionado. A Region 1 DVD that played well on my multi-region DVD player. Transfer from VHS to DVD is not brilliant and gives the film a peculiarly 1970's grainy, soft-focus, appearance. Something not mentioned in the Amazon products notes is that this Spanish-dubbed film carries English sub-titles for non-Spanish speakers. I greatly enjoyed the plot and the twists of the story. The film is dominated by Isabelle Adjani's mesmerising presence whenever she is on camera. One feels sorry for her co-star Hanna Schyculla, a highly talented actress in other productions, but in this totally overshadowed by the iconic Adjani.
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