El Cometa (1999)





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A period piece that blends first love, the power of the cinema and the Mexican Revolution, El Cometa is set in 1910, as Medero's factions were organizing against the Profirio Diaz regime. Romualdo (Gabriel Retes) owns a traveling vaudeville show and has just lost his star attraction when his son Victor (Diego Luna) meets Guy (Patrick LeMauff), a French cinematographer who has worked for Lumiere. Victor is fascinated by the possibilities of the movies, and when Guy discovers Romualdo needs a new drawing card, he offers him a deal -- a movie set-up at a bargain price in exchange for helping to hide Valentina (Ana Claudia Talancon), a girl whose father was arrested for working with Medero's rebels. Valentina is also carrying a fortune in gold which she hopes to smuggle to Medero, who is hiding in Texas, but in the meantime she and Victor begin a romance and Valentina becomes the new star of the show while trying to elude the police. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Diego Luna
as Victor
Gabriel Retes
as Romualdo
Manuel Ojeda
as Procopio
Arcelia Ramirez
as Cordelia
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A small but interesting film about Mexico and the times of Porfirio Diaz. Its a story of a traveling circus which becomes involved with the the coming of silent film cinematograph in Mexico and also involved with some political intrigue. I found the film very cute and entertaining. I have been watching a lot of movies from Mexico and Spain lately to practice my Spanish. the production values on this film are below average and the DVD transfer was horrible (about like a poor VHS tape). However I find the film satisfying and entertaining. If you like foreign films this film is not nearly as bad as another reviewer make it to be. three stars.

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