QUE CARAMBA ES LA VIDA

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(Doris Dör­rie, Ger­many). 86 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: NNN This por­trait of fe­male mari­achi play­ers in Mex­ico is a bit of a mud­dle. The movie starts by de­scrib­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties women have break­ing into this ma­cho mu­si­cal world. Yet even the most crit­i­cal of them, María del Car­men, has a sup- portive all- male backup band, while oth­ers have stay-at-home hus­bands who make it pos­si­ble for them to play. And there’s a weird dip at the end, when a band plays dur­ing the Day of the Dead.

But the fe­male per­form­ers are dy­na­mite, es­pe­cially del Car­men and the older women who broke the bar­rier decades ago. In­spir­ing. SGC Apr 25, 3: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 7; Apr 27, 7 pm, ROM The­atre; May 2, 7: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 4.

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