It's interesting to see how dynamic the portability of noir can be, as Buñuel's social drama, whether intentional or not, is constructed in and substantiated by an affectation of its mode, from the femme fatale to the destruction of the guileless brute. A rather categorical study of consequences, though, from a director whose strength is not in assurances.
In his best he begins with beating me to shards, then, when I'm vulnerable, he grabs a hold of me by the throat and lets the merciless blaze of his "stare" permeate my blood and soul... The most muscular filmmaker, but no "brute". Bunuel knows exactly when and where to use force.
The story is rather simple, it does serve it's purpose though, not bad at all. Unfortunately characters are flat, almost cartoonish, and the plot very predictable. Excellent opportunity to experience early 50's Mexico!
Entre pittoresque tableau social d'un quartier indigent de la grande mégalopole mexicaine et sympathique description quasi clinique de l'éternel confusion des sentiments, à travers l'exposition d'un amour naissant qui humanise et rend doux (Pedro et Meche) et d'un amour possessif et jaloux qui rend fou (Palomita et Pedro) cette oeuvre rare et bienvenue, qui fut réalisée en seulement dix-huit jours. www.cinefiches.com