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This charming documentary follows Ivan Thompson, the self-proclaimed 'Cowboy Cupid,' as he finds Mexican brides for American men who feel they've exhausted their options on their side of the border.
Thompson is no McNamara, and Cowboy del Amor is no Fog of War. But there is something hypnotic about this self-styled romance expert expounding on the fog of love.
Michèle Ohayon's Cowboy del Amor turns out to be one of the sweetest, funniest and most enjoyable nonfiction films you are likely to see this year.
The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time.
Ohayon doesn't judge Thompson or his customers, but you don't need to be a Harvard-educated psychiatrist to realize that the bunch of them are dirty old men who treat women as commodities.
Every moment of this story - about America's unlikeliest matchmaker -- is fascinating. We just need more of them.
One would anticipate the crafting of a sinister satire here, but the film is dead serious and overidentified with Cowboy Cupid's boastful, smirking posturing. A camera in the hand of a director should be more than just a piece of surveillance equipment.
The laid-back, bittersweet peek into this flourishing but little-known world will gratify and intrigue.
Taking on a topic-a matchmaker of white American males with Mexican women-that both high-minded liberals and flag-toting conservatives would find offensive, Ohayon refuses to pass judgment on her subjects, instead quietly stands back and lets them talk.
It's filled with humor and surprises, and no one is more surprising than Thompson himself.
I think he knows very well that, at the core of his black little heart, he's basically just a joker of love -- and a danged good one at that.
Deft and ebullient.
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