Mexican Melodrama (en)

Melodrama Mexicano



Jorge Cuchí


  • Mexico


Feature film



Film exhibited in Toulouse: 

50 or Two Whales Meet on the Beach - Compétition Long-métrage de fiction 2021

Script writer(s): 

Jorge Cuchí


Juan, a 42 year old filmmaker, gets the news that Valeria, the History teacher with whom he had an affair 28 years ago, when he was 14 and she was 34, has been hospitalized and is now in a coma, victim of a stray bullet. Juan goes to the hospital and there he meets Laura, Valeria’s daughter. Juan and Laura start a relationship that turns into romance, and one night, when Juan confesses to Laura that he was her mother’s lover, they suddenly realize that she, Laura, could also be his daughter. Juan and Laura decide to take a paternity test and wait four days without seeing each other until the results come out. Finally, the fourth day arrives, the results are delivered and with them an unexpected climax to this story.

Visual concept: 

A farfetched story told in the most realistic way. No explosive soundtrack, no visual artifices. Unreal life- proper of melodramas- shown in a realistic way. Real people in real settings- with natural light- telling a story in the present that feeds from a story out of the past. A non-melodramatic melodrama of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances in an ordinary way.