Roberto Sneider is becoming one of my favorite Directors from Mexico, after the GREAT Guillermo Del Toro of course. Arrancame la Vida, based on the novel by Angeles Mastretta, is by far one of the very best films Mexico has produced. The Art Direction is unbeatable, the music, the acting... simply terrific. I am amazed that the Academy ignored it as a foreign language film contestant, because having a big quality, it also has a lot of "stereotypes", and by that I DO NOT mean the stupid ones Hollywood shows-managed with great taste and style here-and the Academy loves in foreign films. Daniel Gimenez Cacho is such a great actor, I am really amazed, though I have to admit that I haven't seen him doing such a great character like this one in a while; he definitely steals the film. Ana Claudia Talancon is not only great looking, but she is a star; she shines and she actually carries the film. Great story, great music, great wardrobe, great Art Direction.. great masterpiece. The film is so... mexican, so latin... one can sense the PASSION that a country like Mexico breaths and lives with. Absolutely brilliant.
NOTE: by stereotypes I mean the "macho" attitude towards women here, in an era when Mexico really started to change. As a matter of fact, Ana Claudia Talancon's character is a proof, an example, of a very strong woman who fights, with great pose, against all of that. And as a plus, we get to see the REAL Mexico. The architecture, the colors, the flavours... the beauty of a country like Mexico, FAR AWAY from the Hollywood's "tacos" CRAP that we get to see in many films.