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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 07.22.10] Mexico movie trailer news



Of the films announced for this year’s Venice Critic’s Week, the title that immediately jumped out was Marcelino Islas Hernández’s Martha which was described as the story of a woman who loses her job to a computer.

Not sure what I was expecting exactly but seeing the trailer for the film, I’m a tad bit disappointed that this isn’t some sci-fi mind bender but also really pleased at the fact that Hernández’s film appears to be a gorgeous contemplation on life after well, work.

The film stars Magda Vizcaíno as Martha, a 75 year old woman who lives in social housing in Mexico City. Her daily of routine is suddenly thrown off balance when she is given notice that her job will be terminated and that her position will now be filled by a computer. Unsure, or unable, of imagining life without work, Martha decides to kill herself.

It’s a sad premise for a story and I can’t even begin to understand what would possess someone to end their lives because they can’t imagine filling the days with something other than work but it’s an interesting, and I imagine, not uncommon, thought for some. The trailer for Hernández’s directorial debut is dreamlike or perhaps nightmare like is a better analogy as there’s a tinge of sadness in every corner even though there’s no dialogue.

Trailer after the break.




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John (8 years ago) Reply

"It’s a sad premise for a story and I can’t even begin to understand what would possess someone to end their lives because they can’t imagine filling the days with something other than work"

It is reality, she does not want to end her life because she "filled" her days with work, but being of certain age, not permitting he to work on the job she knew all her life, and having age problems to cope with, being replaced by a machine, and forced to start over, in a dump like Mexico, I imagine you know nothing about - writing like you do.
With the added fact that people who like to work in most cases do it because it makes them feel useful, not like a slob that wastes air, doing nothing like most garbage does.


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