Dreaming About You
Vanguard // Unrated // $29.99 // March 25, 2003
Review by Don Houston | posted April 20, 2003
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Movie: Coming of age movies tend to focus on young ladies when made in Hollywood which makes the alternative film scene all that more important when discussing young males. The same holds true for any topics relating to Latino culture. If the movie is about a male, the best we can usually hope for is a stupid comedy written for the lowest common denominator. If about a Latino, we're going to get a stereotypical look most of the time. In Dreaming About You (Anoche So Contigo), the subject matter is handled much more reasonably by Director Marisa Sistach. In the movie, young Toto (Jose Alonso) is just learning about women and his new found attraction to them. An older cousin, Azucena (Leticia Perdigon), eventually teaches him the difference between love, lust, and sexual intimacy during a summer break from classes. Yeah, in our culture, she'd be arrested for statutory rape but the social mores of Mexico (where this was filmed) are a lot different than ours and a case could be made that they often get things right that we are clueless about. In any case, the subject matter is handled very intelligently yet retains a lot of humor that many men (Mexican or not) and women should appreciate.

Picture: The movie was presented in 1.85:1 ratio Widescreen. While it had some flaws such as grain, a somewhat dirty print and minor color distortion at times, it was still watchable.

Sound: The sound was in Dolby Digital Stereo and sounded fair at best. The low budget nature of the movie and the fact it was made over 10 years ago probably contributed to this but it wasn't terrible (and may have contributed a bit to the movie's charm).

Extras: None

Final Thoughts: I identified with young Toto far too much but that made the movie all that much more poignant to me. The movie's humor, wit and charm were very much fun to watch. I enjoyed the movie a lot and think most people who are comfortable with subtitled foreign movies will like it too. I wish the production qualities were a bit higher but given the circumstances of making the film, I find it difficult to be too hard on it. I recommend this one as an intelligent look at a male's coming of age.



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