Like A Bride

  • 1993
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

As a lesson in Mexican sociology, Guita Schyfter's slice of Mexican-Jewish life during the turbulent '60s is really quite informative. As a movie, it's a disaster. Oshinica (Claudette Maille), the teenage daughter of Sephardic Jews who left their native Turkey for Mexico City, runs afoul of her parent's traditional values when she decides to become a painter...read more

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As a lesson in Mexican sociology, Guita Schyfter's slice of Mexican-Jewish life during the turbulent '60s is really quite informative. As a movie, it's a disaster. Oshinica (Claudette Maille), the teenage daughter of Sephardic Jews who left their native Turkey

for Mexico City, runs afoul of her parent's traditional values when she decides to become a painter rather than the bride her mother dreams she'll become. "Oshi" becomes active in the Hashomer, a Zionist Socialist group who stress the importance of leaving Mexico in order to build a Jewish

peasantry out of the kibbutzim of Israel. Oshi's parents, meanwhile, have found her a nice Jewish doctor for her to marry. Along with the usual religious and generational tensions, Hugo Hiriart's script (based on a book by Rosa Nissan) points out some interesting conflicts within the small and

surprisingly divided Mexican-Jewish community -- snobbery between Turkish Sephardic Jews and the European "Yiddishers"; making a home in Mexico as opposed to a homeland in Israel -- while demystifying the notion of the larger "great Mexican family." Schyfter and Hiriart so want to make the most of

this rare opportunity to examine a little-known cultural phenomenon that everything else -- including little things like constructing a logical narrative structure and creating fully written characters -- takes a back seat. What might have been a fascinating story is instead a tedious and pedantic

experience, better suited to a lecture hall than a movie theater.

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  • Released: 1993
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: As a lesson in Mexican sociology, Guita Schyfter's slice of Mexican-Jewish life during the turbulent '60s is really quite informative. As a movie, it's a disaster. Oshinica (Claudette Maille), the teenage daughter of Sephardic Jews who left their native Tu… (more)

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