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Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ June 23, 2015
After a journalist(Beatriz Ramos) asks a famous artist(Alberto Galan) about a painting that he refuses to publicly show, he tells a sad story about Maria Candelaria(Dolores del Rio) who has been shunned by the local villagers. Circumstances have forced her to travel to sell some of her flowers in order to pay off some longstanding debts but even her great courage is no match for the villagers' flotilla. Only Lorenzo(Pedro Armendariz) is willing to speak up for her.

"Maria Candelaria" might be old fashioned melodrama but that does not mean it cannot also be well-executed and entertaining. In fact, the movie also tackles such timely issues as the dangers of mob rule and hypocrisy. Plus, there is the fact that the entire movie is centered around a nude painting, such sensuality being far ahead of its time. At the same time, the painter is not left off the hook, which is a nice touch in adding some ambiguity to the mix.
December 16, 2014
The story is wonderful despite its dramatic conception. Told in an atmosphere accomplished by the beautiful cinematography.
April 4, 2013
Tan conmovedora. Esta película nos enseña sobre la apariencia, la persecución y la necesidad de tener compasión.

So moving. This film teaches us about appearances, persecution, and the need for compassion.
May 16, 2011
Maria Candelaria is a love song to Mexico's culture, people and wild landscape. Figueroa's cinematography is amazing, he knew how to find the perfect lighting and angle to portrait Del Rio's beauty at its maximum splendor. Dolores Del Rio was still gorgeous and her performance here is remarkable, she really acted like an indigenous woman and her tears of pain seemed true. Armendariz was great as well.
April 19, 2011
Is it just a representation or a more critical approach to ultra-conservative extremely-religious "Machismo" societies in Latin America during the last century?
A beautiful and depressing story about a woman tortured because of her mother's past.
February 15, 2011
I'm not a fan of soap operas or melodrama, so this is a film I would rather not have had to sit through. The performances range from extremely over the top from Dolores Del Rio and extremely sedate from Pedro Armenderiz. There's a lot of back and forth proclaiming of love of hardship of desire etc. etc. and the number of times they said Maria Candelaria got on my nerves. Slow, plodding and overwrought, the ending is one of the only parts of the film that rings true, without all the smultz of the rest of the film.
February 8, 2010
FIVE STARS FOR THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!! With the two brilliant Mexican stars Dolores Del Rio and Pedro Armendáriz.
September 19, 2009
Espectaculares películas de la época de oro..
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