by Chick STRAND
1986 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 35' 00

"Continuing the life of Anselmo, a Mexican street musician, and his life-long struggle to make a good life for his children. This film focuses on his relationship with his wife Adela and his mistress, Cruz, and theirs with him. In a society where traditional gender roles are separate and sharply defined, the number of children defines male identity and keeps the women at home and dependent. Poverty makes daily survival a desperate struggle. Both men and women must cooperate, the men provide food and shelter and the women to raise and care for the large family. However, the cooperation is often superficial, with very little communication in terms of inner emotional needs. Relationships become economic in essence in which both men women perceive themselves living in an emotional desert. The film is about lives in conflict from three points of view as told by the people involved. It explores the division between the real and ideal." — Chick Strand


distribution format 16mm
version restored version
notes Restored by Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 133,00 €