NNarrative Feature Competition
The Reasons of the Heart
The Reasons of the HeartOriginal Title: Las razones del corazón
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Mexico, Spain | Spanish
| Black & White
Subtitles: Arabic and English
One of Mexico’s most famous film directors, Arturo Ripstein (Queen of the Night
; The Beginning and the End
– showing in this year’s Festival as part of our celebration of the work of Naguib Mahfouz) always constructs his unique films around melodrama, embracing the form with love and passion. With The Reasons of the Heart
, he takes new risks and directs a film with a ’50s facade and a witty ensemble cast, without apologies or regrets.
Emilia is a tormented, volatile housewife trapped in a middle-class life without a purpose. Her only respites are brief love affairs where she gives away her heart and impounds her soul. Emilia’s life, which she always lives indoors, is like a tornado forming inside a building. Every character has a story to tell – and they all add power to the twister. Life inside this building, with Emilia at its center, seems disjointed from the problems facing Latin Americans outside.
The film takes on a clearly Flaubertian tone, with crisp black-and-white cinematography by Alejandro Cantú and film-noir aesthetics. In his 13th collaboration with his talented screenwriter and wife, Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Ripstein assembles a group of strong actors, headed by Arcelia Ramírez. She wonderfully embodies a suffering heroine who fears neither tragedy, nor love, nor – appropriately enough – melodrama.
–Lucy VirgenContains: Adult themes