Movie: Living in the Southwestern part of the USA, I come in contact with a lot of people from Mexico. Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that most of them have similar wants, desires, and dreams as those from the rest of the world. In short: people are the same all over (at least in most major ways). When I get a chance, I try to open my movie watching experiences to films made in Mexico, Brazil, and other parts of Latin America because more often than not, I find recurring themes that truly address some of the questions I have about life from a different perspective. This is one of the reasons why I like independent films so much (as a whole). I came across another of the films Vanguard is known for distributing-a small, personal view of a person's life that just doesn't appeal to corporate hotshots at big Hollywood studio's. The name of the movie was Vintage Model (AKA: Modelo Antiguo or "Older Model").
The movie centered around an older women, perhaps in her early 60's, who hosts an AM radio talk show about relationships in Mexico. Her advice is pretty solid but we soon find out that she has no relationships of her own. In short, she can talk the talk but not walk the walk. Her life is depressing and she finds out that she has a medical condition that will kill her within a few months. Determined to live her remaining time out with some semblance of fun and meaning. She hires a guy of questionable morality and character to chauffer her around town as a sort of date. That he's twenty or so years younger than she makes no difference to her and he doesn't mind getting paid so well. As the movie progresses, we learn that her true love was her brother. The two were caught in the backseat of the family car when they were much younger and that pretty much started a chain of events that ultimately destroyed the family and any hope of happiness she might've had. How the driver and she deal with the sadness of life is the main thrust of the film.
Picture: The picture was presented in full frame format color. It looked almost like a movie made in the early 50's in terms of clarity and production qualities but it was actually made in 1993 (in Mexico). While I think the leads were very popular actors in Mexico ( a friend recognized both leads, Silvia Pinal and Alonso Echanove, as "great actors"), the movie did have that low budget feel.
Sound: The sound seemed to be mono but may have been stereo with little separation. It was clear enough and presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Final Thoughts: The depressed dying woman meets happy go lucky drifter has been done a number of times before. What lent this one credibility was in how it ended but also in how the two had a sort of culture clash with one another. Her formerly wealthy life contrasted with his obvious scraping by as possible life in terms of what they considered fun times was amusing and insightful. On top of that, the acting was good and the story touching (almost too sentimental at times). I'm going to rate this one as a Rental but if you find a sale, it'd be worth checking out as a purchase for some. There was no formal rating but it had some female nudity and adult situations that would earn it an R rating here.