A Sneak Preview of the Hit Mexican Comedy
SALVANDO AL SOLDADO PÉREZ / SAVING PRIVATE PÉREZ
(MEXICO, 2011, 103 mins. PG 13) In Spanish with English subtitles
Starring Jaime Camil, Miguel Rodarte, Joaquín Cosio, Jesus Ochoa, and Adal Ramones. With original music by Grammy-winning American composer Mark Mothersbaugh and original song by award-winning regional Mexican band Los Tucanes de Tijuana.
A Q&A with the director will follow the screening
Julian Pérez, Mexico’s most notorious leader of organized crime, must embark on a mission given to him by the only authority he respects... his mother. Joined by a colorful band of infamous criminals, Julian must risk his life to fulfill his mother’s wish and rescue his brother who is missing in action in war-ridden Iraq.
The pic’s tremendous popularity at home (Mexico) indicates less an embrace of drug-war heroics than a cockeyed celebration of national identity. - Variety
Gómez nods to the great tradition of Mexican popular cinema in this story that plays on the richness of cultural differences, and that ultimately becomes a story of hope and redemption. - Carlos Gutierrez, Cinema Tropical.