Written on the Body of the Night (Escrito en el cuerpo de la noche)

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

(2002. English subtitles. Colour. 128 mins.)

This is a recent film by revered director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo (Doña Herlinda and Her Son), whose 1970s and ’80s works were daring experiments compared with this fairly traditional but superbly acted adaptation of a play by Emilio Carballido. It’s an endearing and nostalgic piece about a filmmaker whose new work, The Woman in Exile, is an autobiographical piece dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky. The main body of the film traces the young Nicolas Argelia’s path to becoming a filmmaker, and in particular the influences of three very different women in his life.

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