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Carmin Tropical

Mexico 2014
produced by
Jaime Bernardo Ramos, Christian Valdelièvre, Cristina Velasco for Tiburón Filmes, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE)
directed by Rigoberto Pérezcano
starring José Pecina, Luis Alberti, Everardo Trejo, Juan Carlos Medellin, Marco Petriz, Marco Antonio Aguirre
written by Rigoberto Pérezcano, music by Luca Ortega

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Transsexual singer Mabel (José Pecina) has long left her hometown, a smalltown with a rich transsexual community, to seek success in the big city, even if it has always given her the feeling he turned her back on everybody who loved her, especially her best friend Daniela ... and now Daniela has been found tied up and murdered, with 27 stab wounds in the back. Mabel comes back home, where she's welcomed with open arms, first to find the killer, often accompanied by her friend Darina (Juan Carlos Medellin), and then to at least find closure, as everything she bumps into in her hometown is a trip down memory lane. It's a slow healing process, and the one person who finally helps her is Modesto (Luis Alberti), the cabbie who has driven her and Darina around when they were looking for clues - as unsuccessful as that might have been. Somehow she has taken a liking to Modesto, and he to her as well, and they soon become a couple. Mabel also decides to give a comeback (or come-home) performance at the club she started out at, after which Modesto promises her a big surprise ... but Modesto has a dark secret ...


Carmin Tropical is a very sentimental yet completely uncheesy little film, and one that uses the transgender community not as a fancy backdrop to re-tell a tried and true story butpresents them as the most normal people in the world (which they of course are), soon making the viewer forget about gender boundaries at all, while at the same time letting one dive into their world with very much love and understanding. That said, the film tends to be a bit slow-moving at times and spends too much time on lead José Pecina just looking nowhere in particular, melancholy in the eyes. But at the same time, it does a good job piecing together a puzzle that is revealed to even be a puzzle only towards the end, and the ending, and how and when it ends, truly pack a punch!


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