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Midaq Alley (1995)

El Callejón de los Milagros (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 6 March 1998 (USA)
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »

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Jorge Fons

Writers:

Vicente Leñero (screenplay), Najeeb Mahfouz (novel) (as Naguib Mahfuz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Don Ru
María Rojo ... Doña Cata
Salma Hayek ... Alma
Bruno Bichir ... Abel
Delia Casanova ... Eusebia
Margarita Sanz ... Susanita
Claudio Obregón ... Don Fidel
Juan Manuel Bernal ... Chava
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Zacarías
Luis Felipe Tovar ... Güicho
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... José Luis
Gina Morett ... Doña Flor
Óscar Yoldi Óscar Yoldi ... Ubaldo
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Jimmy
Eugenia Leñero Eugenia Leñero ... Tina
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Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood and the connection between them Don Ru, the owner of the local pub; Eusebia, his wife; Chava, his son and Abel his friend, who emigrate to USA in search of fortune; Susanita, the single landtender always dreaming to marry a good man; Guicho, the pub's employee, who extracts the money when Don Ru is not there and finally marries Susanita; Alma, the very good looking girl, the Abel's dream, who becomes a luxury prostitute while he's away; Jimmy, the handsome young man Don Ru becomes infatuated with, etc. This movie won the Ariel (the Mexican Oscar) as best movie in 1995. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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THE MOST AWARDED FILM IN MEXICAN HISTORY (49 International Awards)

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midaq Alley See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A portrayal of everyday life
7 November 2009 | by mariat85-572-119464See all my reviews

The movie Midaq Alley follows different characters to show everyday life for a small community in Mexico while the viewer sees the same story from a different perspective. I think the same scene placed at the beginning of each synopsis that shows some older men playing dominoes in Don Ru's cantina is symbolic because it is representative of an ordinary day and also shows how people in the community gather together and share stories and get to know one another. I feel that it represents the culture in Mexico and emphasizes how everyone looks out for one another, like how Ubaldo looks out for Eusebia's sadness and how Dona Cata looks out for Susanita's feelings, and also how Abel looks out for Chava's well being. By making this scene the establishing shot for each time the viewer sees a different point of view begin, the director is trying to portray how significant gathering for a game of Dominos in the cantina is in the daily lives of those in Midaq Alley. There are also some street scenes where it seems everyone knows one another. I wonder if it is a custom to be so close to neighbors and care for them like family, or if it has to do with the small size of their community. I was not really surprised that the ending was not extremely dramatic. I think it was very fitting to leave things the way they were because the movie was a portrayal of everyday life. I feel that the scenes of the men playing Dominos at Don Ru's cantina are the most important scenes of the film because it tells the viewer that although the characters presented have complex lives, the actions they take to reach their individual happiness are mundane when you take a look at the bigger picture, especially when you realize the men playing dominoes are older and have gone through many life experiences, perhaps they are trying to tell us to relax and not take life so seriously.


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