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Karsten Runquist’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Watched for a project I’m working on that may or may not end up on the channel, genuinely not sure. Very much in love with this movie. The way it starts with sex as a way of depicting union and ends in a split as though this whole thing was one giant transformation into something that’s been subtly (debatable) teased throughout the entire film. That something being how society, specifically Mexico at this time, disrupts love. In the end you feel sad but not in a way that’s surprising, and it’s because they basically show what is inevitable throughout the whole thing only for it to happen to a relationship you felt couldn’t possibly be broken. Julio and Tenoch are learning what it means to love someone else as Luisa learns how to love herself, all while questioning mortality. If love and connection is what drives happiness and survival what does it mean if that connection is eventually going to break? I mean, it’s just beautiful and heartbreaking. One of my favorite movies and a movie that’s a lot smarter than a lot of people give it credit for.