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The Beginning and the End (Principio y fin) (1993)

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This Mexican film, loosely based on Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz's 1940's book, traces the slow and painful collapse of a Mexican family after the sudden death of the father. Much of the film focuses upon the outcomes of two disparate brothers. Following his death, the formerly middle-class Botero family is left destitute. To pay their debts, the mother Ignacia throws the oldest son Guama who does not pull his weight at home, out into the street where he becomes a full-time drug addict, pimp, and bouncer. Guama is doomed right from the start. Ignacia then forces Nicolas and sister, Mireya to give up their bright futures in favor of brother, Gabriel, Ignacia's favorite. The selfish Gabriel is a law student and Ignacia has placed all the family's hopes upon him. Nicolas must leave school and take a peon's job. Mireya works at a sweat-shop and eventually becomes a hooker. Gabriel gets himself into a situation that jeopardizes his potential career. To protect it he cons one of siblings into covering for him. That sibling commits suicide. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Ernesto Laguardia
as Gabriel Botero
Julieta Egurrola
as Ignacia Botero
Lucia Munoz
as Mireya Botero
Alberto Estrella
as Guama Botero
Alonso Echánove
as Carinoso
Ernesto Yáñez
as Polvoron
Luisa Huertas
as Isabel
Bruno Bichir
as Nicolas Botero
Jorge Fegán
as Julia's father
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This somber, somewhat emotionally distant effort lacks the operatic sweep its tragic family-epic material seems to cry for.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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