A nice pace and slowly edited film, that composition wise tells it's story perfectly. Sometimes the lightning gets a little too unsubtle, which brings the honesty out of the story. Film's premise sets nice of. Although it doesn't satisfy throughout the film, where an on the nose b-story and predictable ending decreases the sincere setup and intimacy, in which the film started.
2.5. I liked the premise. The color schemes and lighting. Something just didn't click and I think it has to do with the films sentimentalism. It feels a bit over-wrought. Sometimes message films, films on war, slavery, the holocaust, try too hard to convey the trauma or injustice of its theme. It's usually best to tell a simple story and let the crisis become evident instead of using a crisis to tell a simple story.
The story was sincere and intense. I liked the way the director showed daily power relations and racism. Manuela's reaction was not the right way to fight against this racism. She became part of that war. Maybe the director tried to show even a mild and loving person can resort to violence under such hostile conditions.
Una abuela loca que vivió una guerra: la cristera la civil la segunda la que venga... Amores de cocina real e inteligente, sin complaciencias Arau-Ezquivel... la venganza como fidelidad sórdida secreta casi Arltiana... El unicornio en una calle del centro en el extinto DF... una historia de Diana Cardozo narrada magníficamente porque está en ella Karina Gidi (aplausos en pie) y Carlos Corona la acompaña y contrasta