|Real Women Have Curves|
From the very beginning, filmmaker Cardoso sets a terrific tone, combining spirited characters with a realistic view of multi-cultural L.A. Ferrera and Ontiveros play their characters perfectly--funny and strong, and mercifully not the usual movie versions of the feuding mother and daughter. These are two women who don't understand each other ... and never will. The script cuts through this relationship brilliantly and with serious insight; no doubt cowriter Lopez was drawing on her own life when she wrote the play the film is based on. But even better is the way the characters hold us completely. This is a serious crowd-pleaser, thoroughly engaging and entertaining, frequently very funny in a real-life sort of way. We see ourselves on screen from all sorts of angles--Ana's confusion, her mother's stubbornness, the sister's helplessness, the grandfather's (De Alba) rebelliousness. It's simply a terrific little film that says quite a lot, actually, without ever being obvious about it.
dir Patricia Cardoso|
scr Josefina Lopez, George LaVoo
with America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, Brian Sites, George Lopez, Jorge Cervera Jr, Soledad St Hilaire, Felipe De Alba, Jose Gerardo Zamora Jr, Edgar Lujan, Lina Acosta, Sandie Torres
release US 18.Oct.02; UK 31.Jan.03
Mirror mirror on the wall. Ana (Ferrera) finds it hard to believe that Jimmy (Sites) thinks she's beautiful...
WINNER: Audience Award, Sundance 2002
|"This film has one of the worst endings of any film I have ever seen. All the interesting issues, scenarios, relationships, etc, that are really well-developed during the film are just left dangling. All the film's good acting, storylines and worthwhile issues were chucked away by the filmmakers just bringing the film to a shuddering halt. It was like watching half a film." --Jo Caswell, West Sussex 22.Apr.03|