Máncora (2008)




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Desperate to escape Lima's cold winter blast after his father's recent suicide, a grieving son finds himself unexpectedly joined by his beautiful stepsister and her domineering husband in director Ricardo de Montreuil's entry into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Santiago has just lost his father, and now the last thing he wants to deal with is another brutal winter in Lima. Looking to escape to more picturesque surroundings, Santiago sets his sights on the inviting beaches of Máncura. Just as Santiago is about to leave, however, his stepsister Ximena and her arrogant husband Inigo show up and invite themselves along for the ride. After picking up a wandering hitchhiker on the side of the road, the hard-partying travelers finally arrive at their destination. Once there, however, simmering romantic tensions within the group gradually threaten to boil over.
R (for some strong sexual content, drug use, language and violence)
Art House & International , Drama
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Jason Day
as Santiago Pautrat
Elsa Pataky
as Ximena Saavedra
Liz Gallardo
as Mexican
Andres Arellano
as Chester Creek
Lucia Ojeda
as Cuchi Cuchi
Ramsay Ross
as Jean Pautrat
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Although sexy and scenic, the Peruvian road movie Máncora lacks the heart and soul required to fully invest in its central trio's free-floating journey of self-discovery.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Despite dramatic pretenses, De Montreuil has essentially made a piece of sex-and-sun tourism cinema.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Like a poor cousin to Y tu mama tambien.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
Top Critic

A taut, stylish drama...represents a noteworthy sophomore feature from the Peruvian director.

January 24, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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worth watching simply because it's full of (good-looking) people you'd never otherwise meet who take you to a place you'd never otherwise go

Full Review… | March 18, 2010

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Full Review… | January 19, 2008

Audience Reviews for Máncora

Hip beach flick with a latino flare. What it lacks in alpacas is compensated by sensuality. Ricardo de Montreuil serves up a lustful tale of young adults coping with the difficulties that life dishes out. He capitalizes on his Peruvian background by filming the local beach scene inspired by his youth and includes Peruvian-written poetry as a nice touch that adds an inspirational dimension. The scenes of driving through the Andes to the beach in an old car are enough to b-slap anyone's inner Kerouac out of hibernation. The music is subdued but appropriate and Srta Pataky enhances the film with her effortless good looks. If you've ever struggled to come to grips with a gravely difficult situation in life in which there is no easy answer, the film may strike a cord. However, it is hard to have sympathy for pouty, heroine-thin models falling all over each other for sexual conquests which may account for the negative reviews. Overall, a lot of frosting on this cupcake.

P Davidson
P Davidson

If you don't like weekend benders, threesomes or surf towns, this is not your movie. And we probably shouldn't hang out anymore.

Juan Cifrian
Juan Cifrian

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