Such Is Life (2000)




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Using digital video and a skeleton crew, master filmmaker Arturo Ripstein boldly reworks the ancient Greek drama Medea, employing a dizzying array of flashbacks and Brechtian devices. The film focuses on Julia (Arcelia Ramirez) who works as an homeopathic doctor. Lovelorn and embittered, she learns that her husband, a failed boxer named Nicolas, has dumped her in favor of a younger woman, Raquel (Francesca Guillen), the daughter of local slumlord La Marrana (Ernesto Yanez). To make matters worse, Nicolas wants to take the kids, while at the same time La Marrana evicts Julia from her modest abode. Julia's growing thirst for vengeance is furthered by her godmother who believes that all men should be castrated. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Patricia Reyes Spíndola
as Adela The Godmother
Ernesto Yáñez
as La Marrana
Martha Aura
as The Patient
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Critic Reviews for Such Is Life

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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May 12, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Worthwhile, but more interesting than good.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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August 10, 2005

The overriding fault for this art-house film was that it is not poetic.

Full Review… | September 24, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film becomes too much of a one-note rant, ultimately shutting down the viewer's empathy rather than engaging it.

May 5, 2001

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