Cine Las Americas 2012 Review: AQUI ENTRE NOS (Between Us)

By Mark Saldana

Rating 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Written and directed by Patricia Martinez de Velasco, this hilarious comedy had me constantly laughing and smiling as it told the story of the Guerra family and the typical problems that they and most families face every day.  Rodolfo (Jesus Ochoa) has grown tired and unsatisfied with his career as an architect.  His marriage with Miriam (Carmen Beato) has grown stale and unsatisfying as well.  As the only male in a household full of women, Rodolfo no longer feels welcome in his own home as Miriam and their daughters keep many secrets from him.  When these secrets come to light as well as Rodolfo’s own discrepancies, the family faces some major changes in their very near future. 

Director Martinez de Velasco’s picture takes the issues and problems which real families experience and adeptly turns these scenarios into exceptional comedy.  Her well written script made me reflect on issues my own family has had and actually helped me see the humor in these situations.  I enjoyed the performances of the entire cast, particularly those of Ochoa and Beato who credibly portray a husband and wife who need to seriously work on their relationship.  The conclusion, while enjoyable, feels a bit too easy in its resolution of the issues, but is somewhat forgivable in light of the comedic tone of the film.

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