Cowboy del Amor

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One man turns marriage into a multinational business proposition in this documentary. Ivan Thompson, who spent much of his life working ranches in New Mexico, calls himself "the Cowboy Cupid" and earns a living playing matchmaker, though his clientele is rather unusual -- he finds Mexican brides for American bachelors, most of whom consider the women in their own country too demanding and not suitably subservient. Thompson looks for prospective wives through personal ads in newspaper and visiting small Mexican towns, where he discovers that plenty of women are willing to take a shot at marriage with a Yankee whom they barely know if it means a green card and a roof over their head. Thompson gets a 3,000-dollar fee for bringing these couples together, though his own success in matrimony isn't much to brag about -- he's had three weddings, two to the same woman, and none of which have lasted. Cowboy del Amor was screened in competition at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Cowboy del Amor

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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.

    Mar 2, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 23, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

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  • The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time.

    Feb 22, 2006
  • 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.

    Feb 10, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • Every moment of this story - about America's unlikeliest matchmaker -- is fascinating. We just need more of them.

    Feb 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

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