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Place without Limits 1978

  • Arturo Ripstein
  • April 28, 1978
  • 110 mins
  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Drama
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal. It's owned by a man and his daughter: Manuelita is gay, aging, afraid; he cross-dresses and entertains as a flamenco dancer; he wants to sell and leave. His daughter wants to stay. The return of Pancho complicates things: he's a hothead Alejo tries to control and he scared Manuelita the year before. Things come to a head as Pancho breaks Alejo's hold on him, then flirts and dances with Manuelita and finds himself at risk of being called a "maricón."


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The book could have functioned as a base for an intense masterpiece about the horror of rural life and the burden of being different. But this movie sadly is uninspired in its pictures and arrangement of plot elements. Also the acting is very, very bad. No human being on earth would act like La Manuela in this movie, he/she is grotesque.

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