La virgen de la lujuria (The Virgin of Lust) (2002)





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Legendary Mexican director Arturo Ripstein explores the mundane and sexual obsession in 1940s Mexico in his 2002 film The Virgin of Lust. Introverted Ignacio "Nacho" Jurado (Luis Felipe Tovar) spends his days waiting tables at the Cafe Ofelia and his nights amongst his voluminous porno collection. His world is turned upside-down when a prostitute named Lola (Ariadne Gil) begins hanging out at the cafe. Nacho is immediately smitten with the whore, but Lola's mind is focused on a very brutish wrestler who'll have nothing to do with her. Lola, a natural sadist, recognizes Nacho's penchant for being dominated and she begins to fully exploit this chance to unleash her cruelty on a willing recipient. As the relationship settles into its regular perverseness, Nacho is presented with what he sees as an opportunity to capture Lola's heart completely -- to become a macho revolutionary hero by assassinating Francisco Franco. The Virgin of Lust was chosen for inclusion into the Upstream program at the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival, winning a Special Mention prize from that program's jury. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Luis Felipe Tovar
as Ignacio "Nacho" Jurado
Juan Diego
as Gimeno-Mikado
Julian Pastor
as Don Lazaro
Alberto Estrella
as Gardenia Wilson
Carmen Madrid
as Imelda
Carlos Chávez
as Ezequiel
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Critic Reviews for La virgen de la lujuria (The Virgin of Lust)

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Seattle Times
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June 5, 2003
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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Highly stylized.

Full Review… | June 19, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[At times] almost stage bound, but perhaps that's because it's better than most homage at being faithful to the material that inspired it.

Full Review… | May 14, 2003

A grandly-scaled allegory that is at once fascinating, captivating, and utterly audacious

April 29, 2003

Audience Reviews for La virgen de la lujuria (The Virgin of Lust)

(* 1/2): [img][/img] Too long and quite boring. I was also scratching my head quite a bit because I felt confused and in addition, it was a strangely structured film.


The profane example "de passion" at the eve of the new century.A showcasing performance for Gil,Ripstein's possibly final so far artistic masochism,damn,there are references to wrestling and Franco altogether!Crazy innuendos but the result is quite extraordinary.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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The story itself had potential but the director draged it out so long that you start to lose interest in the movie. I personaly couldn't wait till it was over. This is a classic example of why they have movie editors.

Melissa C
Melissa C

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