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Like A Bride (1993)

Cast: Claudette Maille, Angelica Aragon, Ernesto Laguardia, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Desert Mountain
Genre: Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
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It may come as quite a surprise to people living elsewhere that Mexico (and Mexico City in particular) has a small but thriving Jewish community. In this story, set in the 1960s, the daughter of Ladino-speaking immigrants from Turkey is attempting to cope with their very conservative attitudes towards young women, and her own desires for her life. They believe that the only career for a girl is marriage, whereas she wants to be an artist, and doesn't care about being a bride. A compromise is briefly achieved when she announces her engagement to a Jewish boy who is a doctor, but the conflict resumes when she calls it off. Meanwhile, she has a friend who is the daughter of Eastern European Jews: her life is much freer, but she, too, is able to shock her parents. In her case, the shock is that she has become romantically involved with a gentile boy who is active in liberal political circles. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

An interesting film about Mexican of Jewish descent. by jaimiguel2005 September 20, 2006 - 11:50 PM PDT
At times I regretted my decision not to turn on the English subtitles while I watched this film. Most of it is in the Mexican Sanish that I'm used to hearing, but often there are short scenes in which Ladino is being spoken. Ladino is Spanish as it was (and is) spoken by Sephardic Jews who were forced out of Spain 5 centuries ago. If you speak modern Spanish, you'll understand most of it, but it will require a lot of concentration.
The character who narrates the film is a Mexican-born girl of Turkish-Ladino parents. Her friend is also born in Mexico to Jewish immigrants from Poland.

As might be expected, much of the movie is about how they deal with their bicultural identity as Mexicans of Jewish heritage. One girl became an expert in pre-Columbian Mexican art. She even learned to speak Nahuatl, thus becoming more "Mexican" than most of her compatriots.

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