La Habitación (Tales of Mexico) 2.0 stars

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Synopsis

The people who occupy a single bedroom at various key moments in Mexican history form the basis of this ambitious but gimmicky omnibus picture. According to Variety, the creative force behind this one appears to be producer Edher Campos, who asked screenwriter Maria Diego Hernandez to create eight stories for eight directors (Carlos Carrera, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carlos Bolado, Ernesto Contreras, Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, Alejandro Valle, Iván Ávila Dueñas, Natalia Beristain). So much for auteur theory. As is the case with almost all anthology pictures this size, two or three segments stand out — in this case, Bolado’s La Duermevela, Contreras’s El Erotismo, and Duenas’s La Muerte — leaving the viewer to wonder why the producer didn’t save some coin by limiting the visionaries behind the camera to one. Irène Jacob, Eugenia Tempesta, and Luis Alberti head the international cast.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Rated: NR

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