Little Saints (Santitos) (2000)




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Santitos is a character-driven comedy about a young Mexican woman who has to come to terms with the loss of her teenage daughter. Esperanza's daughter Blanca suddenly and mysteriously dies in the hospital where she was having her tonsils removed. Shortly afterward, the vision of a saint appears on the greasy glass door of the oven, telling Esperanza that Blanca is not dead. Despite warnings from her best friend and the local priest, she embarks on an incredible journey across the country and over the border that helps her shed her inhibitions one by one. Out comes a different Esperanza, a liberated independent woman who is also sexually uninhibited. Santitos was screened as part of the Filmmakers of the Present section of the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival.
R (for sexual content and language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Latin Universe


Dolores Heredia
as Esperanza
Demian Bichir
as Cacomixtle
Roberto Cobo
as Dona Trini
Fernando Torre Lapham
as Father Salvador
Dario T'Pie
as Cesar
Claudio Valdés
as San Judas Tadeo
Pedro Altamirano
as Ministerio Publico
Felipe Ehrenberg
as Hombre de `La Curva'
Francisco Morayta
as Don Arlindo
Juan Duarte
as Fidencio
Maya Zapata
as Blanca
Georgina Tabora
as Recepcionista Hospital
Jose Sefami
as Dr. Ortiz
Cornelio Garcia
as Panteoneros
Miguel Gurza
as Panteoneros
Gabriela Gullco
as Pareja Acrobata
Pablo Rojas
as Pareja Acrobata
Jeanette Macari
as Cantante de `La Curva'
Antonio Monroy
as Mesero Tijuana
Josefina Echánove
as La Profesora
Mónica Dionne
as La Morena
Rudger Cudney
as Scott Haynes
Hector Hernandez
as Scott Haynes
Regina Orozco
as Vicenta
Lilia Ortega
as Casera Los Angeles
Rey Vikingo
as La Migra
as Manager Angel
Enrique Ocotilla
as Anunciador Luchas
Wilebaldo Buico
as Espectador Luchas
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Critic Reviews for Little Saints (Santitos)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A charming, thoroughly beguiling comedy fantasy in which the supernatural and the most mundane coexist in quirky harmony.

Full Review… | October 18, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A loopy tale about a superstitious widow's quest to find her 12-year-old daughter.

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A phantasmagorical Mexican drama that focuses on the strange ways God speaks to us in surprizes.

Full Review… | March 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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August 20, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

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December 31, 1999
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Little Saints (Santitos)

Though the subject matter was extremely serious, almost throughout, the film felt comedic. It also managed to have one of the sweetest love scenes ever. This strange dichotomy of emotion helped create a true work of art.

Jeff B
Jeff B

:down: :confused: :o While we love Mexican or México-based movies, we must rate it somewhat poorly on your scale. I speak Spanish; my husband does not (strange, as we've visited México nearly twenty times -- not only do we love the beauty of México, but I serve well as a translator...). We were bored by the slow pace of the movie, and later, confused about the seemingly impossible turn(s) of events. We would not recommend this movie to anyone but die-hard Catholic Mexicanos.

Jill Bornor
Jill Bornor

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