Friday, February 3, 2017

Un Padre No Tan Padre [2016]

MPAA (PG-13)  CNS/USCCB ()  AZRepublic (4 Stars)  Fr. Dennis (3 1/2 Stars)

IMDb listing listing*

AZRepublic (R. Cordova) review (A. Ruz) review*

Un Padre No Tan Padre [2017] [IMDb] []*(directed by Raúl Martínez [IMDb] []*, screenplay by Alberto Bremer [IMDb]) is a Mexican / Spanish language "fish out of water" comedy about Don Severando (played inspiringly by Héctor Bonilla [IMDB] []*) an "older gentleman" SO "OLD SCHOOL" / SEVERE that the upscale Mexico City "senior retirement hotel" that he's lived in for the last 20 years has finally had enough and asks him to leave.

Okay, but where to?   Well, NONE of his five grown children want him.  Only the youngest, Francisco, going by "Fran" for short (played again magnificently by Benny Ibarra [IMDB] []*) who lives with his long-time girl friend (played by Jacqueline Bracamontes [IMDB] []*) and teenage son René (played by Sergio Mayer Mori [IMDB] []*) by another relationship in a small comune at the edge of Anglo-American expat haven, notoriously "hippie / liberal" San Miguel de Allende (think Berkeley, Key West, "Big Sur" / Santa Cruz / Monterrey) is willing to take him in, if temporarily, to see if it would work...

Well, needless to say, "much ensues ..." ;-)

I just loved this movie and think that it'd be worth it for A LOT of Readers here (both Anglo and Hispanic) to see it because it reminds EVERYONE of the cultural diversity that, if one thinks about it _at all_, so clearly exists in both Mexico and across Latin America.

BOTH "Don Severando" and "Fran" / Alma and their "artist commune" exist.  Where would Diego Rivera or Frida, to say nothing of the characters populating Carlos Fuentes'  or (Colombian) Gabriel García Márquez' novels, come from?

Just a joy of a film ;-)

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