To Love, Too Much

Ernesto Rimoch's second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, "To Love, Too Much" takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight handling of love and sex themes, pic promises to be a crowdpleaser in the same vein as 1996 hit "Cilantro y perejil." Foreign sales could be healthy in the Hispanic market.

With:
With: Karina Gidi, Ari Telch, Martin Altomaro, Daniel Martinez, Raul Mendez, Ana Karina Guevara, Carmen Beato, Jose Sefami, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Maria Rojo, Luisa Huertas.

Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight handling of love and sex themes, pic promises to be a crowdpleaser in the same vein as 1996 hit “Cilantro y perejil.” Foreign sales could be healthy in the Hispanic market.

Nothing much is going for Beatriz (Karina Gidi), a homely secretary whose sister Laura (Ana Karina Guevara) has flown to Spain to set up a boarding house. A chance encounter in a diner changes Beatriz’s life. Mysterious stranger Carlos (Ari Telch) pays her bill a couple of times and then seduces her on an intoxicating vacation.

Carlos disappears, but soon a succession of men, ranging from nebbish to normal, take Beatriz to bed and later express their gratitude with gifts and cash. Among them are her lecherous boss (Jose Sefami) and a gay architect (Daniel Martinez). The woman enjoys her new popularity but still waits for Carlos’ return and dreams of joining her sister in Spain. At the end, Beatriz’s self-discovery will be complete.

In her first film, theater actress Karina Gidi renders her character’s transformation with a nuanced palette of emotions (she deservedly won the best actress prize at the Guadalajara fest). While not adhering to conventional notions of beauty, Gidi makes Beatriz seem to ripen onscreen into a sensuous, attractive woman.

On the other hand, Rimoch’s direction is too literal at times in representing Beatriz’s fantasy world. For instance, the images of ideal love in a variety of landscapes bring to mind the prefab prettiness of postcards. “To Love, Too Much” turns slack in its final stretch because there’s little visual pizzazz to support the screenplay’s awkward need to explain everything with dialogue.

Also, Ari Telch is miscast as the knight in a shining pickup truck. In his few scenes, the telenovela star suggests more a teddy bear than a macho hunk capable of jump-starting a woman’s love life.

Spanish composer Joan Valent tasteful themes are an asset. Picturesque cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa Flores (son of the late, great Gabriel Figueroa) is his first work in film.

To Love, Too Much

Mexico - Spain

Production: A Buena Vista Intl. release of an Artifice Producciones (Mexico) and Ariane-Aiete (Spain) co-production, with Television Espanola (TVE) and Canal Plus Spain, with the support of Conaculta, Fondo para la Produccion Cinematografica de Calidad and Imcine. Produced by Ernesto Rimoch. Co-producer, Andres Santana. Directed by Ernesto Rimoch. Screenplay, Eva Saraga, Rimoch, based on the novel by Sara Sefchovich.

Crew: Camera (color), Gabriel Figueroa Flores; editor, Julia Juaniz; music, Joan Valent; production designer, Luis Urquiza; art director, Gloria Carrasco; sound (Dolby Stereo), Santiago Nunez; sound designer, Carlos Aguilar; associate producers, Laura Ruiz, Eva Saraga, Mima Fleurent. Reviewed at Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico, March 10, 2001. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Karina Gidi, Ari Telch, Martin Altomaro, Daniel Martinez, Raul Mendez, Ana Karina Guevara, Carmen Beato, Jose Sefami, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Maria Rojo, Luisa Huertas.

More Film

  • Paul Thomas Anderson Debuts 'Phantom Thread'

    Paul Thomas Anderson Unveils Daniel Day-Lewis Fashion Romance 'Phantom Thread'

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

  • Peter Baldwin

    Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

  • Peddling Pictures launches with Discovery’s ‘Prison

    Peddling Pictures Launches With Discovery’s ‘Prison Food’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

  • SGIFF: Controversial ‘Sexy Durga’ set for

    SGIFF: Controversial ‘Sexy Durga’ set for Singapore Debut

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

  • Taiwan's 'Cock Robin' Heads for North

    Taiwan's 'Cock Robin' Heads for North America With Cheng Cheng

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

  • Michael Pena Extinction sold

    Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan Movie 'Extinction' Disappears From Universal Schedule

    Ernesto Rimoch’s second feature is a romantic comedy that stays charming for most of its length. Based on an award-winning novel by Sara Sefchovich, “To Love, Too Much” takes a whimsical look at the sexual and emotional awakening of a young woman through an episodic structure that falters in its last half-hour. With its lightweight […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content