Friday, November 30, 2007

Drama/Mex DVD

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Morally-Ambiguous, Acapulco Adventure Out on DVD

Unfolding over the course of one day in the decaying resort town of Acapulco, this film relates a pair of interlocking tales about local ne’er-do-wells frittering away their futures in the tawdry tourist trap. One story revolves around Fernanda (Diana Garcia), a Latino version of Paris Hilton. This daughter of a Mexican hotel magnate is hanging out all alone at her sumptuous family estate when Chino (Emilio Valdes), an ex-boyfriend, shows up uninvited and starts pressuring her to make love.
She reminds the intruder that she already has a new beau, Gonzalo (Juan Pablo Castaneda), a yuppie who knows how to treat her like a lady. Chino’s response is to rip off her clothes and to take her against her will. Yet, when he’s through, rather than call the cops, she opts to copulate with him again, apparently being hopelessly attracted to the bad-boy type.
Meanwhile, Jaime (Fernando Becerril), a suicidal, middle-aged bureaucrat, spits on his boss’ desk after stealing the company payroll. He then heads home where he declines his daughter’s invitation for an incestuous liaison. Instead, he heads to the shore where he rents a motel room with every intention of killing himself.
Once there, however, he encounters 15 year-old Tigrillo (Miriana Moro), a “massage therapist” (Miriana Moro) on the prowl for rich tourists to offer oral relaxation before picking their pockets. Initially, she swipes Jaime’s wallet but later ‘fesses up, proving to be the proverbial prostitute with a heart of gold.
Will Fernanda wake up and dump Chino before Gonzalo finds out she’s cheating on him? Will Jaime pull the trigger on the pistol he’s holding to his head or will he be tempted to start over with the naughty nymphet? This morally-ambiguous adventure contemplates these questions while cleverly keeping you riveted to these loco losers’ predicaments till the bitter end.

Excellent (4 stars)
In Spanish and English with subtitles.
Running time: 93 minutes
Studio: Genius Productions

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