Review: ‘Love Hurts’

A Mexican "Romeo and Juliet" shot like a musicvid with dialogue sequences, "Love Hurts" too often grates with its knowingly hip attitude. Grainy look and jump editing prove a distraction from the attractive lead performances. With its hip soundtrack, Latin auds look likely to get the biggest kick out of this.

A Mexican “Romeo and Juliet” shot like a musicvid with dialogue sequences, “Love Hurts” too often grates with its knowingly hip attitude. Grainy look and jump editing prove a distraction from the attractive lead performances. With its hip soundtrack, featuring songs by Natalia Lafourcade and cast member Ximena Sarinana, Latin auds look likely to get the biggest kick out of this.

Skateboarding Ulises (Luis Fernando Pena), from the wrong side of the tracks, and pampered rich kid Renata (Martha Higareda, with a killer smile), meet cute in the mall. It’s love at first sight, until their families and friends get to work. Plot hews quite closely to Shakespeare’s original, though dialogue is totally colloquial (and plastered with “dude” and “bro” in the English subtitles). Helmer Fernando Sarinana (“Dark Cities”) goes for three looks — clean lensing for Renata’s posh home, bilious yellowy hues for Ulises’ and neutral B&W for the mall where both sides meet. Racial and social tensions are laid on with a trowel, but humor and perfs mitigate some of the self-consciousness.

Love Hurts

Mexico

Production

An Altavista Films, Videocine, El Charro Films production. (International sales: Nuvision, Mexico City.) Executive producers, Eckehardt Von Damm, Francisco Gonzalez Compean. Directed by Fernando Sarinana. Screenplay, Carolina Rivera.

Crew

Camera (color), Salvador Cartas; editor, Roberto Bolado; music, Enrique Quezadas; art director, Mirko Von Berner. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Latin America), Aug. 31, 2003. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Luis Fernando Pena, Martha Higareda, Armando Hernandez, Ximena Sarinana.
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