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  • Summary: Alejandro Springall directs this Spanish-language film about a pious widow Esperanza (Heredia) who uses magic to try and locate her lost and presumed dead daughter who she believes was the victim of a mysterious virus and all kinds of other lurid happenings.
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  1. Reviewed by: Joseph Trevino
    Springall also deftly weaves the film's most dramatic moments with lighthearted comedy, and the result may be Mexico's best film in years.
  2. Has the same kind of humor, charm and sensuality that made "Like Water for Chocolate" the most popular foreign-language film until "Life Is Beautiful" came along.
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Disarmingly endearing.
  4. It's remarkably bright, funny and sweet for a film that wades through so much sleaze, though it can't escape all of the weirdness it worms through.
  5. 70
    A brightly colored, picaresque adventure that's equal parts telenovela melodrama and pop-magic realism.
  6. 63
    The premise is so sad it's impossible to chuckle at the often heavy-handed humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A Mexican film that reaches for a very weird and risky tone, and, I think, fails.

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