Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.
Mexico, 2007. Canana Films. Screenplay by Kyzza Terrazas. inematography by Eugenio Polgovsky. Produced by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna. Production Design by Mily Moreno. Costume Design by Anna Terrazas. Film Editing by Alex Rodriguez.
No surprise that Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal would parlay his sudden popularity in films like The Motorcycle Diaries and Bad Education into the opportunity to star in a couple of American films and try his luck behind the camera as well. The result of the former wasn’t too successful, but the result of the latter is an absolute washout, a dull, overstated and painfully boring exercise in character study that has no redeeming value. Bernal plays the spoiled son of a wealthy family who is hosting his friends at his country estate for a big party; meanwhile, the servants are suffering the injustices of the class system to which he is completely ignorant. Lots of cinema made south of the border is concerned with the frightening chasm between the rich and the poor in Central and South American countries, but few of them are as badly obvious as this one (though Dioses fared little better a year later). The performances are passable, but there’s a free-wheeling style to the storytelling that aims for naturalistic and is actually just rambling and pointless.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2007