Coronel no tiene quien le escriba
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Fernando Lujan, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek.
- Encoding: Region 1 - NTSC
- Format: Color
- Rated: NR
- Release Date:
Jun. 10, 2003
- Run Time:
El Coronel espera.
Le prometieron una pensión, y desde hace años le incumplen la promesa. Viernes
tras viernes, trajeadito y solemne, se para ante el muelle aguardando la carta
que anuncie la llegada de su pensión. Todos en el pueblo saben que espera en
Lo sabe también su
mujer, que cada viernes lo mira prepararse ante el espejo para recoger la
carta que hace años 10 esquiva. Pero el Coronel cierra los ojos ante esta
verdad tan evidente y se aferra a su sueño. Y es que, si no, ¿qué le queda?
Based on the novel of Gabriel
Garcia Marquez by the same name, but set in the forties, the film is a
reflection on life and its illusions by the Mexican master Arturo Ripstein.
In a small coastal town in Mexico in the late 1940's, an obstinate colonel of
the anticlerical Cristeros War keeps waiting for the pension that has been
promised to him but never delivered. Every Friday, he goes down to the docks,
dressed in his best suit in anticipation of the arrival of the letter
announcing his pension. Everyone knows that he is waiting in vain, but he
refuses to face reality, even though, deep in his heart, he knows that the
letter will never arrive.
His wife is suffering from asthma; their son
Agustin was killed by the fascists; and the roof over their head will soon be
taken away because of the unpaid mortgage. Yet the Colonel stands by his
dream, refusing to give up despite poverty and hunger. He knows that if he
lets go, there is nothing else left. His wife Lola proposes to sell the cock,
which is the only thing left behind from their son. But the Colonel does not
want to give up the fighting cock, which he believes will win one day.
story is rendered in a simple and straightforward narrative style unlike
Ripstein's earlier work, which is more baroque, or Marquez's magical realist
style. Repeated close-ups accentuate the damages of a long and hopeless wait
on a person's inner strength. Veteran Fernando Lujan is remarkable as the
Colonel, but Spanish Marisa Paredes shines as the wife who suffers in
dignity. Salma Hayek has a brief appearance as the prostitute who had a
relationship with Agustin. In competition at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival,
Source: All Movie Guide