Arráncame la vida

Arráncame la vida

el corazón no se gobierna

DVD - 2010 | Spanish
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Based on the hit novel by Ángeles Mastretta, the film portrays the story of a woman who dared to break the mold of her time. Catalina (Ana Claudia Talancón) is a woman from Puebla who marries Andrés Ascencio (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a sympathetic and powerful, as a way out of her little world and expecting to live great experiences. She soon discovers that her life has been chained to Andrés, and she has lost her freedom. Catalina will rediscover love with Carlos Vives (Jośe María de Tavira), a young man who is the antithesis of Andrés.
Publisher: Houston, TX : DistriMax Inc., c2010
Branch Call Number: WLAN SPA DVD 791.4372 ARR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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singidunum_25
Mar 29, 2018

I really liked this movie: story, music, production design, costumes and main actress Ana Claudia Talancon who looks like Alicia Vikander a lot. Without any other say from me, i am sharing a wonderful review of this movie, from an imdb user who labeled this flick as "the best Mexican production so far!"

"Period pieces in Mexico have been well done almost always, but productions of period pieces had been only made for soap operas, never before had a movie production been so well done.

Although I never read the novel by Angeles Mastretta, I knew it was somehow accurate, since I hear she is a direct descendant from the story's protagonist Catalina -names are changed in the novel and film. This is shown by the richness of dialogs and curious anecdotes which constantly make you wonder which parts were completely true and which sprung from the author's vivid imagination.

Apart from the richness from the story and how the storytelling evolves smoothly throughout the film, the production design makes you feel completely Mexico in the 1930s. The costumes are great also.

The direction is almost perfect. Roberto Sneider takes you by surprise first at about minute 20, then slowly and smoothly hypnotizes you and never lets go.

Much credit goes to the lead Ana Claudia Talancon whose good looks and very well developed character arc make you fall at first for her beauty and innocence, and later for her humanity, courage and cleverness.

"Daniel Gimenez Chaco's performance deserves praise also. He captures the Mexican Macho Persona perfectly, his cynical viewpoint of things and comments, bring humor to a character who would be otherwise despicable.

Second characters like de Tavira's and others feel a bit underdeveloped, but in the end all actors do great jobs with their little screen time and their contribution suffice.

The drama never falls for the temptation to go overly melodramatic and dialogs are kept smart enough - even ironic at times - to make this movie a fresh and satisfying take on the Mexican way of life. It actually feels so accurate that deep thoughts of "nothing has ever changed really" do spring a few times.

The music and editing are very well done also."

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hecto
Oct 25, 2017

A soap opera that unfortunately takes itself seriously. Nice visuals, vintage cars, interiors - if you have the stomach for the adolescent dialogue. We didn't.

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empbee
Sep 03, 2017

Love, marriage, politics in the 30s and 40s of Mexico. It gave me something new about life in Pueblo. Well done.
Good practice of Mexican Spanish.

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