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Hell Without Limits (1978)

El lugar sin límites (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 1978 (Mexico)
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein

Writers:

José Donoso (novel), José Donoso (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucha Villa ... La Japonesa
Ana Martín ... Japonesita
Gonzalo Vega ... Pancho
Julián Pastor Julián Pastor ... Octavio
Carmen Salinas ... Lucy
Fernando Soler ... Don Alejo
Emma Roldán ... Ludovinia
Blanca Torres Blanca Torres ... Blanca
Marta Aura ... Emma, hermana de Octavio
Agustín Silva Agustín Silva ... Reynaldo
Socorro de la Campa Socorro de la Campa
Francisco Llopis Francisco Llopis ... (as Paco Llopis)
Hortensia Santoveña ... Clotilde
Nery Ruiz Nery Ruiz
Tere Olmedo Tere Olmedo ... Lila
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Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal. It's owned by a man and his daughter: Manuelita is gay, aging, afraid; he cross-dresses and entertains as a flamenco dancer; he wants to sell and leave. His daughter wants to stay. The return of Pancho complicates things: he's a hothead Alejo tries to control and he scared Manuelita the year before. Things come to a head as Pancho breaks Alejo's hold on him, then flirts and dances with Manuelita and finds himself at risk of being called a "maricón." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 1978 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Without Limits See more »

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Conacite Dos See more »
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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a slow but hot burn where everything matters
7 March 2019 | by BarbouzesSee all my reviews

I had seen other Arturo Ripstein films before this one: you can say Ripstein films are unusual in their scripts and some might say downright weird in the treatment of their themes, but they are always hypnotic to watch. Their plot is often, well, a train wreck: you feel the tension and you know nothing will end well.( Tennessee Williams plays function within a similar mix of explosive passions and imminent doom). Everything in a Ripstein film is baroque: dialogues, themes and colors. This movie is all that, and more, because it introduces us to a rich cast of characters in a restricted setting, and there are significant political undertones to the tale. But the most fascinating part of this film is of course this gentle transvestite who never once drops the pretense that he is a woman, in public or in private ( The actor who plays him/her is AMAZING, and remarkably believable against all odds.) I think it is a solid story -with a great soundtrack of old Mexican songs- that has a lot to say about machismo and the plight of women in a society that values only male "qualities".


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