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Cilantro Y Perejil (1997)

Cast: Mercedes Pascual, Mercedes Pascual, German Dehesa, more...
Director: Rafael Montero, Rafael Montero
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Studio: Desert Mountain
Genre: Foreign, Romantic Comedy, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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A female documentary director's latest project is to capture her sister's marital difficulties on film in hopes of shedding light on the travails of modern romance. Ostensibly, the film aspires to view the problems from a contemporary female perspective, but the story's end belies its basis in traditional Mexican morality. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Love in Modern, Middle-Class Mexico by talltale April 16, 2005 - 6:51 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This particular movie remained in my queue longer than almost any film since I began using online movie services--I suppose because I was put off by the members' comments on another service. Turns out that CILANTRO & PEREJIL is not at all bad--for a romantic comedy that possesses a bit of weight just below its shiny, sometimes silly surface. (Another GC member has helpfully pointed out the less-than-stellar quality of the subtitles.)

The framework here is a student film being shot by a young relative of the two main characters; over time we see all the characters--three generations--speaking into the camera, giving their thoughts on love, sex, marriage and divorce. There's even a very funny therapist who turns out to have some pertinent things to say about love in a time of economic recession (watch the end credits for his terrific wrap-up).

The performances are all charming and believable (for a fluffy film); every time the movie threatens to blow away, a line of dialog or bit of surprise brings it back to earth. The "take" on love shown in Mexico circa the Millennium is not so far from any western country facing a downturn; the actions of the husband and wife are pretty typical of the I-want-what-I-want routine of any middle class, and their selfishness is certainly not out of the bounds of our understanding. (That therapist has some interesting/funny stuff to say about this, too.)

So forgettable, I'd forgotten I'd already seen it!!! by israel August 24, 2004 - 1:34 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If one of the marks of a good film is that it should be memorable, then this film falls short on that account. I put this on my queue here on Greencine because I thought it sounded interesting and I'm always up for el nuevo cine mexicano.

I was disappointed to find out after popping in the DVD and starting to watch the movie that it was slowly coming back to me. I'd already seen the movie! I had rented it when I was with another DVD rental service a couple of years ago. It had just slipped my memory! It was that forgettable.

Cute enough, but predictable by FLanghor February 9, 2003 - 2:24 PM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Falling in and out of love in contemporary Mexico city: but it could be anywhere. The main focus of the film is on a middle class couple who have lost the spark and separate. We see the singles clubs and the quickies (translated "quicklies" in the movie). Subtitles are a hoot, but their bad translation may be the highlight of this undistinguished movie.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.48)
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