Deserts Seas

With: Juan Carlos Colombo, Veronica Merchant, Lisa Owen, Javier de las Piedras, Luis Octavio Gonzalez, Laura Almela.

Juan Aguirre ... Arturo Rios Carmen ... Dolores Heredia

With: Juan Carlos Colombo, Veronica Merchant, Lisa Owen, Javier de las Piedras, Luis Octavio Gonzalez, Laura Almela.

Touting a highly personal storyline, “Deserts Seas” recounts three separate tales that weave through the film’s narrative. Although pic boasts some interesting elements, they don’t add up to a satisfying whole.

Third feature by Jose Luis Garcia Agraz (brother of “Phantoms in Love” helmer Carlos Garcia Agraz) revolves around the contemporary tale of a filmmaker, Juan, whose g.f. leaves him for another man. Stridently played by Arturo Rios, the filmmaker goes from sullen to brooding as he tries to woo her back, basically by staging numerous temper tantrums.

Juan’s account is punctuated by the story of the death of his father, which is never recounted in full. We are told that his father died on the same day Juan first saw the sea. We are later shown Juan’s first view of the sea but are not told how his father died. The director has lovingly re-created the past and his vision of his parents, giving this world the complexity of life as seen through the eyes of a confused 10-year-old. Unfortunately, the rest of the film lacks this multidimensional vision.

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Juan is working on an original screenplay, which gives us a third reality level. This script has something to do with the conquest of Mexico and an angel that represents Juan’s father, but it is all very confused, and these scenes go nowhere.

Technically, pic is well made. Title is a pun that alternately means “Deserts Seas” and “From Certain Seas.”

Deserts Seas


Production: An Imcine/FFCC/Desiertos Films/Resonancia/Efeccine production. Produced, directed, written by Jose Luis Garcia Agraz. Executive producer, Gonzalo Infante.

Crew: Camera (color), Carlos Marovich; editor, Manuel Hinojosa; music, Diego Herrera, Alejandro Giacoman; art direction, Carmen Gimenez Cacho. Reviewed at IX Muestra de Cine Mexicano, Guadalajara, Mexico, March 14, 1994. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Juan Aguirre ... Arturo Rios Carmen ... Dolores Heredia

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