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Such Is Life

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Arturo Ripstein, one of Mexico's most outstanding filmmakers, updated the Greek tragedy Medea for this award-winning tale about women who suffer in a man's world.

Poor and uneducated, Julia lives in a seedy barrio in Mexico City where she practices homeopathic medicine and performs abortions to support her family. When her husband abandons her for another woman, Julia's world crumbles. She is thrown out of her apartment by her landlord--soon to be her husband's new father-in-law--and her children are about to be taken away from her. With the help of her godmother, she plans to take revenge on her low-life, opportunistic husband.

Shot mostly hand-held on DV, Such is Life is a timeless tale crafted in an innovative, contemporary style.


Studio Facets Multimedia
SKU 205115686
UPC 736899110727
UPC 14 00736899110727
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Cast & Crew
Alvaro Garnica, et. al. - Producer
Arcelia Ramirez - Actor
Arturo Ripstein - Director
Carlos Puente - Editor
Claudio Contreras - Production Designer
David Mansfield - Original Music By
Ernesto Yanez - Actor
Guillermo Granillo - Cinematographer
Leoncio Lara - Original Music By
Luis Felipe Tovar - Actor
Patricia Reyes Spindola - Actor
Paz Alicia Garciadiego - Writer
Review Mexican director Arturo Ripstein (No One Writes to the Colonel) adapts the Medea story in his film, Such is Life, placing it in a Mexico City barrio. Medea here is Julia (Arcelia Ramirez), a medicine-woman and abortionist, mother of two children by Nicolas (Luis Felipe Tovar), a second-rate professional boxer. Nicolas is leaving her for Raquel (Francesca Guillen), daughter of Julia's landlord, known as "Pig" (Ernesto Yanez), a fat and sleazy neighborhood consiglio, taken to wandering about the courtyard in his bathrobe...It is exciting to see an established auteur like Ripstein exploring new technology, new ways to create his art. Prolific as he is, there will no doubt be another film from him soon, perhaps with a more felicitous meeting of technique and subject. Unfortunately, the chances are that no one in the United States will get to see it, since Ripstein's films, like last year's brilliant No One Writes to the Colonel, cannot surmount the corporate distribution systems that flood the country's screens with unfunny adolescent comedies and pointless prurient violence while shutting out serious foreign and independent films.
Reviewer Arthur Lazere
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Spanish, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
PR NewsWire of the boldest, most imaginative works of [Ripstein's] distinguished career...
The Village Voice Innovative...
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