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(Feb 27, 2007)
This violent, steamy update of Sophocless classic tale of patricide and incest was cowritten by Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Set in modern-day Columbia, the drama revolves around a local mayor who is sent to a small town in the Andes to negotiate peace among guerrilla revolutionaries, paramilitary groups, peasants, and the Columbian army. A torrid romance with the prickly widow of a war lord begins the young mans downfall. Stunning cinematography of the lush Columbian landscape by acclaimed cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain; Babel) adds a sultry atmosphere.
- "The Making of Oedipus Mayor" featurette
- Photo Gallery
- Production Notes (in Spanish)
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Having said that, this is a very well done - although modernized - version of the Sophocles classic. It is definitely worth a watch for adults only. I just wish they made a "made for TV" edit so I could use it in class. Sadly, the hunt continues. I wish I could go into the film-making business because there is a huge market for adaptations of classics that are both faithful to the texts and appropriate for young adult audiences.
That last sentence was not meant to dissuade. You should see this film. In the way that "Tango," "Imagining Argentina," and possibly other works illustrate the devastating "disappearances" that happened in Argentina, this work illustrates the violence and paramilitary chaos that has happened in Colombia. By the way, Jorge Perugorria has gotten hotter since his younger days from "Fresa y chocolate."
For those who don't know the story of Oedipus Rex, you are in for a surprise like in "The Crying Game" or "The Others." If you find that you like the surprise at the end of the film, you may want to also see "Oldboy," "Lone Star," or "Angels and Insects."