Mi Vida Loca

Directed By: Allison Anders Starring: Seidy Lopez

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Echo park, la.A is the setting for a gang movie that beats the competition every way it knows how. Sad girl and mousie have fallen out over a guy. But when he's murdered by a rival gang leader, it's time for the girls to take control!


Studio HBO
SKU 40246624
UPC 026359118821
UPC 14 00026359118821
Format DVD
Release Date 9/29/2009
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note MI VIDA LOCA is a compelling look at a microcosm of East L.A.'s Echo Park. Writer and director Allison Anders (GAS FOOD LODGING) lived in the neighborhood for many years with her daughter, inspiring her to make this film about life in a Latina girl gang. The film is sympathetic to these young women, presenting their stories honestly and with a visual flair that the subjects themselves would probably appreciate. The stories are told as a series of vignettes with different narrators, each with his or her perspective on the events portrayed. This approach allows the characters the opportunity to explain their actions, giving the audience a better understanding of behavior they might otherwise easily condemn. The key players are Mousie (Seidy Lopez) and Sad Girl (Angel Aviles), best friends who let local drug dealer Ernesto (Jacob Vargas) come between them. The film is a wonderfully realized slice-of-life: sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and, despite its seemingly incongruously elegeiac tone, with a strong ring of truth.
Plot Summary
Summary An acclaimed drama from director Allison Anders (GAS FOOD LODGING), MI VIDA LOCA examines the life of a Latina girl gang in East L.A. The story is told in strong|performances from each of the girls, and includes the perspectives of other peripheral characters in their world, buoyed by Anders's signature visual flair and reflecting the director's empathy with her subjects.
Premiere "...A vivid tale..." 03/01/1995 p.92
Rolling Stone "...Vibrantly alive....Anders remains a rare and vital talent..." 07/14/1994 p.99
New York Times "...Anders tries what few directors would have had the interest of intelligence to think of....Daring..." 07/15/1994 p.C5
Entertainment Weekly "...An ensemble of superior actors....Clarity and a lot of heart." -- Rating: A- 02/17/1995 p.68
Sight and Sound "...Many observed touches....The sense of authenticity blazes with warmth..." 04/01/1995 p.48
Chicago Sun-Times "...What we do get is a vivid impression of these young women and their world..." 08/12/1994 p.38
Allison Anders
Seidy Lopez
Cast & Crew
Allison Anders - Director
Allison Anders - Screenplay
Angel Aviles - Actor
Carl Colpaert - Producer
Daniel Hassid - Producer
Jacob Vargas - Actor
John Taylor - Original Music By
Kathryn Himoff - Editor
Panchito Gomez - Actor
Rodrigo Garcia - Cinematographer
Seidy Lopez - Actor
Tracy Granger - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 91188
UPC 00026359118821
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Actor Aviles,Angel
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Vibrantly alive.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times We get a vivid impression of these young women and their world

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