Top Ten countdown – #9 A look at the contrasting idiosyncrasies of social classes as seen through Mercedes, a hooker with a heart of gold, who traverses a Mexico City shot in beautiful chiaroscuros that reflect the struggles she goes through to obtain a little joy. In true Latin American fashion it's a tragic melodrama, lending it the strength to transcend the personal and reflect society as a whole. Deeply emotional
Fernadez creates yet another great film. It is Figueroa, however, that does some of his best work here. Two opposite worlds are presented here: the seedy cabaret, shot very grimly and the upper class, shot completely in natural light. It is a simple mention of the director and the DPs great work, who manage to make a great film from whichever setting they want to explore.