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With: Susana Zabaleta, Demian Bichir, Victor Hugo Martin, Cecilia Suarez, Jorge Salinas, Monica Dionne
Written by: Antonio Serrano
Directed by: Antonio Serrano
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Running Time: 108
Date: 03/18/2013
IMDB

Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas (1999)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Broad Meetings

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This overcooked Mexican filmunsuccessfully tries to balance heavy, hysterical drama with broad,drawing-room comedy, but it succeeds only in inducing headaches. It concernsthree men and three women with relationship troubles; when two couples break upbecause of cheating with the fifth and sixth people, the men move to oneapartment and the women to the other. Of course, they can see each other acrossthe street. The dialogue consists mostly of high-minded speeches that aresupposed to be either funny or motivating, and writer/director Antonio Serranogives us only patchwork characters. One man is too into his writing to payattention to his sexy wife. Another man is too shallow, etc. All thishigh-pitched nonsense hurled at your head for 108 minutes is a serious trial.

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