Dust to Dust (Por la libre)
|Keywords||Abandonment, Adolescence, Aging, Caregivers, Catastrophe, Children, Death and Dying, Family Relationships, Father-Daughter Relationship, Father-Son Relationship, Grief, Latina/Latino Experience, Loneliness, Love, Marital Discord, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Mourning, Ordinary Life, Parenthood, Rebellion, Sexuality, Survival, Time|
This is a complex and, at times, very amusing story about modern life in an affluent Mexican family. Generational differences--and similarities--between a physician-grandfather (Xavier Masse) and his children and grandchildren, are important to the story, but the relationship between the wise grandfather and his most charismatic grandson, Rocco (Osvaldo Benavides), is central. Family issues concern money and greed, but also surprising expressions of love.
The story begins in a lovely Mexico City home where family members feud and fuss continuously. After the grandfather’s sudden death during a heated dinner table outburst with his selfish adult son, Rodrigo (Otto Sirgo), two grandsons kidnap the old man’s ashes and head to Acapulco in a "stolen" car so as to dispose of them according to their beloved grandfather’s request. Their journey is funny and full of adolescent shenanigans. In Acapulo, a secret is discovered about the grandfather that gives the story a wonderful twist.
|Director||Juan Carlos de Llaca|
|Leading Actors||Osvaldo Benavides, Rodrigo Cachero, Xavier Masse, Otto Sirgo|
|Running Time||96 minutes|
|Miscellaneous||Screenwriter: Antonio Armonia. In Spanish with English subtitles.|
|Annotated by||Nixon, Lois LaCivita|
|Date of Entry||10/22/04|