Jesus Magana Vazquez has created a film which beautifully encapsulates what it means to fall in and out of love, the difficulties of moving on and the challenge of forgetting an unresolved past. Playing with the audience’s perceptions of the protagonists’ relationships, Vazquez ingeniously intertwines the power and parallels of love and hate; seamlessly gliding the characters between these emotions. Focusing on the motif of memories, Vasquez spins a surrealist tale. The shooting style and sound strategy have dreamlike qualities with the viewer held in an eternal suspense, questioning the difference between reality and imagination, accentuating the madness that true love can bring to even the most straight laced of men. What makes this film so touching to the viewer is that it is not estranged from the average person’s quest to find emotional fulfilment, and the importance of gaining resolution and closure in all aspects of ones life. After Maria’s death, Tonatiuh never achieves this; consequently his relationship with Alice is doomed from the start. Emulating Vertigo and Rebecca, this unique south American spin on the classic story of love and unresolved loss is certainly one to ponder over.
Alicia en el país de María