Nora is not content to shoot only her sister and brother-in-law Carlos (Demian Bichir), each of whom also speaks directly into the video camera about their problems. She also tapes the blonde who Carlos picks up and the handsome psychologist with whom Susana is fixed up after the separation. Nora even turns the lens on herself and a musician boyfriend with whom she has trouble.
But Nora’s, and the filmmakers’, goal exceeds their reach. That the blonde is a complete bimbette and the psychologist gay (with a lover dying of AIDS) only reinforce the built-in conservatism of the film: Couples should stay together and make things work out. We’re even treated to a Catholic wedding at the end at which everyone is reunited.
Film has an incongruous ’50s-ish bluesy score, and the lighting is uneven. Standout here is actress Ramirez, an unadorned natural who picked up a special mention form the Guadalajara Film Festival international jury for her thesping in three features. Recurring cilantro and parsley leitmotif (“Things can look alike and be so different,” Carlos explains to Susana) is trite.