El Callejón de Los Milagros

13 Sep

“Chava se fue. Se largo a los Estados Unidos Rutilio!”

Chava’s gone. He ran away to the United States!

El Callejon de los Milagros

Things don’t always turn out the way they are supposed to. I was supposed to major in international relations and work for the U.N. After the bailout, the economy was supposed to recover. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were supposed to live happily ever after.  In El Callejón de los Milagros (Midaq Alley), Alma and Abel were supposed to get rich, get married, and get out of the slum.

El Callejón de los Milagros (Midaq Alley) involves the lives of the residents of Midaq (or miracle) alley, located in downtown Mexico City. The Mexican film depicts characters whose lives are so closely intertwined that even a look could change the outcome of a situation— and the entire street would know about it, too.

It is a solemn scene; a street with only a lonely bar and many more lonely characters. However, they are filled with aspirations, desires, and hope that their dreams will come true. As mentioned before, Alma (the beautiful girl from the window aka Salma Hayek) and Abel want to get married. Chava, Abel’s best friend wants to run away from the United States and make big money. Don Ru (or Rutilio), is Abel’s father who despite his marriage, desires to be with Jimmy, a young man.

Throughout the film my mind kept screaming: “No, don’t go!” or “Stop! Don’t do it!” By the end of it, I was choked up. It was so bad actually, that I had to sit in my bed and ponder after for a little while. How do these things happen? And, is true happiness really possible?

 

Here is a trailer of the film. It’s not the best one, but I figure it gives someone a better feeling of how the movie might turn out. And, this time it’s in English and Spanish!

 

I’m still not sure what to take from this film. As a cook, I just feel confused. But I’m sure I’ll think of something delicious, Mexican, and traditional. Stay tuned!

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