Mi Vida Loca (1994)
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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!|
"We get a vivid impression of these young women and their world Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Editor's NoteMI 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.
Cast & Crew
|Allison Anders - Director|
|Allison Anders - Screenplay|
|Carl Colpaert - Producer|
|Daniel Hassid - Producer|
|John Taylor - Original Music By|
|Kathryn Himoff - Editor|
|Rodrigo Garcia - Cinematographer|
|Tracy Granger - Editor|
Plot SummaryAn 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.