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Amber

With: Angelia Aragon, Gabriela Roel, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Emilio Echeverria, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Diego Luna, Bruno Schwebel.

With: Angelia Aragon, Gabriela Roel, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Emilio Echeverria, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Diego Luna, Bruno Schwebel.

Afantasy-adventure tale along the lines of “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” and “1,001 Nights,””Amber” demonstrates a certain ambition to try something different in Mexican cinema. Yet, like Luis Estrada’s earlier film “Bandidos,” pic doesn’t have an audience: It proves too simple for adults, too complicated and sexual for tots.

In a story told in flashback, old Max (Muni Lubezki) recounts his adventures as a young man (Martin Altomaro), when he acquired a precious amber stone. His journey brings him into contact with a variety of adventurous types — from ship captains and commissioners to exotic dancing girls and prostitutes.

The frequent use of miniatures is ingenious, and Monica Chirinos’ imaginative art direction is impressive, but the film lacks cohesion. Despite problems, pic should attract some interest for its ambitious effort and novel approach.

Amber

(MEXICAN)

  • Production: An Imcine/Bandidos Films production. Executive producers, Sebastian Silva, Emilia Arau. Directed by Luis Estrada. Screenplay, Hugo Hiriart, Jaime Sampietro , Estrada, based on the play by Hiriart. Camera (color), Emmanuel Lubezki; editor, Estrada; music, Santiago Ojeda; art direction, Monica Chirinos. Reviewed at IX Muestra de Cine Mexicano, Guadalajara, Mexico, March 13, 1994. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: Kluski ... Hector Bonilla Corbett ... Jorge Russeck Young Max ... Martin Altomaro Older Max ... Muni Lubezki Commissioner ... Pedro Armendariz