(VENEZUELAN) An E.M. Films (Venezuela)/Cumbre Films (Mexico) production. Produced by Diana Sanchez. Directed by Mauricio Walerstein. Screenplay, David Suarez, Walerstein. Camera (color), Vitelbo Vazquez; editor, Sergio Curiel; music, Carlos Moreau; art direction, Eva Ivanyi. Reviewed at Cartagena Film Festival (MECLA market), Colombia, March 7, 1994. Running time: 100 MIN. Gyula … Orlando Urdaneta Maria … Maria Rojo Macabi … Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Also with: Elvira Valdez, Hugo Marquez, Haydee Balza.
Those who expect plenty of violence and kinky sex in the films of Mauricio Walerstein will not come away disappointed from his latest effort. Even before the credits finish, viewers have already been treated to a grisly murder and a woman’s breasts smeared with the blood of her dead husband.
Following a basic murder mystery plot, sleazy story concerns a hardboiled police commissioner, Gyula (Orlando Urdaneta), who is pressured to find the murderer of a wealthy American businessman. Victim’s wife (Mexican actress Maria Rojo) is a former prostie who stands to inherit a large sum of money; she is also still in love with her former pimp, Macabi (Miguel Angel Rodriguez).
This shabby premise allows Walerstein to delve into the seamy underbelly of Caracas’ demimonde, as the police conduct roundups of hookers and pimps in an effort to find the murderer. Basically, the plot is an excuse to explore a world defined by sex and violence.
Tech credits tend toward very low budget, and acting is OK.