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Santitos (1999)

Cast: Dolores Heredia, Demián Bichir, Alberto Estrella, more...
Director: Alejandro Springall
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Santitos is a character-driven comedy about a young Mexican woman who has to come to terms with the loss of her teenage daughter. Esperanza's daughter Blanca suddenly and mysteriously dies in the hospital where she was having her tonsils removed. Shortly afterward, the vision of a saint appears on the greasy glass door of the oven, telling Esperanza that Blanca is not dead. Despite warnings from her best friend and the local priest, she embarks on an incredible journey across the country and over the border that helps her shed her inhibitions one by one. Out comes a different Esperanza, a liberated independent woman who is also sexually uninhibited. Santitos was screened as part of the Filmmakers of the Present section of the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, All Movie Guide

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Saints Preserve Us by talltale August 31, 2004 - 3:53 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
SANTITOS combines the death of a child with some interesting "road movie" conventions to produce a one-of-a-kind film that is actually about the uses of faith. "Like Water for Chocolate" is mentioned in the description, but the comparison is not really apt. Magic realism does not abound here; instead what makes the movie so much fun and strangely believable is the special tone the director and writer have found to tell their story. Nothing, no matter how strange, is ever pushed. Instead each little moment in this truly bizarre adventure seem somehow perfectly natural. This is quite a trick, and the moviemakers (including a standout cast) bring it off beautifully. After awhile, you'll find yourself willing to follow the young woman who is the main character literally anywhere--even into the bedroom in which stands a... oh, but why spoil things? The film is also gorgeous to watch; each scene becomes a visual pleasure in itself. Although the dvd was released in 2000, the credits indicate that it was made in 1993. That it does not seem in any way dated is one more feather in its full cap. Among the presenters of the film listed in the opening credits is John Sayles. One scene takes place at a wrestling match held in Los Angeles between "the Angel of Justice" and a nasty character known as "Border Patrol." Sayles must have loved that charming intrusion of politics, which, along with sex, religion, economics and death, is used (and abused) here to wonderful effect. SANTITOS is yet another gem from the Fox Hispanic series that movie-lovers ought to add to their queue. All the films I have seen in this series have ranged from good to great, with nary a ringer in the lot.

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