Critic Consensus: Lovely visuals can't save Drama/Mex from its shaky camerawork and thematically uneven plot.
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Three intense human relationship stories are interlaced during one night in contemporary Acapulco. Once upon a time a luxurious port, now in decadence, Acapulco serves as a background for a suicidal old man, for a 15 year old runaway girl, and for a young couple who face the hardships of separation after a tragic break up.
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Critic Reviews for Drama/Mex
Drama/Mex has flashy style but puppetlike characters and unconvincing stories.
This relentlessly downbeat portrait of numerous troubled characters is ultimately too derivative and familiar for it to connect with art house audiences despite some effective moments and good performances by its mainly youthful cast.
Drama/Mex has an overheated plot, but it plays out at a low boil, mainly because Naranjo is more interested in the subtle stresses of human interaction than in shrill desperation.
Visually arresting but thematically uneven, Gerardo Naranjo's fictional snapshot of a gritty Mexican beach is simply too desperate to shock us.
Audience Reviews for Drama/Mex
The worst part about the awful dialogue said by most of these characters is that it's the most realistic I've seen so far in a Mexican film. The characters fail to have any depth or insight into their lives. They should've just stayed with one of the stories, since the director was unable to fully tell any of the two at once.
I found the next Wong Kar-wai, and he's a Mexican! The most exciting new filmmaker I've seen in a long long time. He wears his Godard and Cassavetes on his sleeve and mixes it with machismo, sand, futbol, and alcohol. Puro mexicano.
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