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Cilantro y perejil (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 1996 (Mexico)
This is a comedy about couples from the same family, hit by the economic crisis in Mexico. The plot turns around the eternal question of whether it is worth it to live as a couple.


Rafael Montero


Cecilia Pérez Grovas, Carolina Rivera (as Ana Carolina Rivera)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arcelia Ramírez ... Susana Limón
Demián Bichir ... Carlos Rodríguez (as Demian Bichir)
Germán Dehesa Germán Dehesa ... Psiquiatra
Rodolfo Arias Rodolfo Arias ... Enrique
Maya Mishalska ... Vicky
Juan Manuel Bernal ... Jorge
Alpha Acosta Alpha Acosta ... Nora (as Alpha)
Angélica Aragón ... Teresa
Alfredo Sevilla Alfredo Sevilla ... Rodrigo
Leticia Huijara ... Melita
Plutarco Haza ... Francisco
Mercedes Pascual Mercedes Pascual ... Adela
Alejandro Bichir Alejandro Bichir ... Genaro
Jesús Ochoa ... Capitán
Juan Carlos Colombo ... Arizmendi


This is a comedy about couples within the same family, striken by crisis, leading to the philosophical and practical question: is it worthwhile to stay together? Susana and Carlos have been married for ten years. He works all day to survive the economic crisis, and she leaves him. Her younger sister, Nora, films the separation for a school project, and tries to save her own relationship with Jorge, a young rock and roll musician. Even the children of Susana and Carlos are not spared the conflicts. And Adela, Susana's grandmother, finds love with Genaro, an antiques aficionado. The answers and conclusions in the film are fun, unpredictable, and very human. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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couple | love | homosexual | See All (3) »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »

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When Susana is at the dating agency, she sees a photo and says that the man in the photo could be her husband's twin brother. The man in the photo is Bruno Bichir (Demián Bichir's brother). See more »

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A decent movie
12 November 2009 | by hje19See all my reviews

The movie Cilantro y Perejil follows the ups and downs of a relationship among a few couples. However, the entire movie is supposed to be a documentary about relationships which is filmed by the main character's sister, Nora. The aspect of using a character as almost a director was an interesting technique, because we were able to view the story through the eyes of Nora, thus we are able to witness both the good and the bad. This technique also helped the viewer to relate to the characters because we were able to see their desperation to appear "normal" (by begging Nora not to show arguments in the documentary), and normality is a quality everyone seeks in a relationship. The use of the psychiatrist commentary also helped to break up the monotony of the film by adding comic relief and a professional opinion. Plus, it was interesting to see how the children of the main characters Susana and Carlos were affected by their parent's problems, and how, for instance, the daughter often felt abandoned as if her mother was too busy dating to be with her. This also helped the movie move along, as it was nice to take the focus off the main characters every once in a while. However, I must say, that overall the movie is mundane, and seems to go on forever. There was no true climax, and the end was extremely predicable. The main idea of the movie was just too cliché, which made me loose interest and not appreciate the film as much. Overall, it lacked originality.

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