Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Mexico/Spain, 1991. Fondo de Fomento a la Calidad Cinematográfica, Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Macondo Cine Video, Tabasco Films, Televisión Española. Screenplay by Beatriz Novaro, Maria Novaro. Cinematography by Rodrigo Garcia. Produced by Jorge Sanchez. Music by Pepe Luis, Felipe Pérez. Production Design by Marisa Pecanins, Norberto Sanchez. Costume Design by Monica Neumeier, Sergio S. Stephano. Film Editing by Sigfrido Barjau, Maria Novaro, Nelson Rodriguez. Independent Spirit Awards 1992.
A bored Mexico City telephone operator gets to experience her only respite from her dull, daily existence by going once a week to a dance hall to enact the steps of Danzon with her regular partner. When he doesn’t show up one night, she becomes obsessed with finding him, traveling to his home town in the countryside and searching for his family. What she gets instead is a journey of self-discovery and new friendships, told with marvelous ease by director Maria Novaro. The atmosphere is rich and beautiful, the characters all amiable and worth every minute.