Meet the Head of Juan Perez

Tyro writer-director Emilio Portes liberally borrows from Mexican helmer Luis Estrada's approach to rollicking black comedy in "Meet the Head of Juan Perez," but along its baroque storytelling course, pic simply exhausts its welcome.

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With: Silveria Palacios, Dolores Heredia, Jose Sefami, Maria Aura, Carlos Cobos, Isela Vega, Ernesto Yanez, Alejandro Calva, Ruben Cristiani, Dagoberto Gama, Salomon Reyes, Ramon Alvarez, Itzel Ursul, Miguel Angel Fuentes.

Tyro writer-director Emilio Portes liberally borrows from Mexican helmer Luis Estrada’s approach to rollicking black comedy in “Meet the Head of Juan Perez,” but along its baroque storytelling course, pic simply exhausts its welcome. Funny high concept has an economically besieged small-time circus manager/escape artist forced to steal a 16th-century guillotine from a museum for an act he hopes will boost ticket sales. Good role for funny guy Silveria Palacios is negated by excessive v.o. narration — fine for hungry local consumption, but a downer for international sales.

Juan (Palacios) is already dead at pic’s start, and in 10 chapters, he explains how he got to this unfortunate state. Portes enjoyably sets out an array of wacky character types at the circus, whose layoffs trigger several personal feuds, especially Jose Sefami’s vengeful clown, Gorgo. Plotting becomes insanely complex, but the upshot is that Juan’s prized guillotine is cursed (accompanied by second-rate visual effects), and even his Houdini-like talents aren’t enough. Metaphor for the little guy in Mexican society is blunt enough.

Meet the Head of Juan Perez

Mexico

Production: An Ultra Films, CCC, Imcine, Foprocine production. (International sales: Imcine, Mexico City.) Produced by Rodrigo Herranz Fanjul. Executive producers, Jean-Michel Lacor, Angeles Castro, Liliana Pardo, Sara Calles. Directed, written by Emilio Portes.

Crew: Camera (color), Ramon Orozco; editors, Rodrigo Rios, Portes, Yibran Assaud; music, Aldo Max Rodriguez; production designer, Diana Saade; costume designer, Josefina Echeverria. Reviewed at Guadalajara Film Festival (Mexican Feature Competition), March 10, 2008. Original title: Conozca la cabeza de Juan Perez. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Silveria Palacios, Dolores Heredia, Jose Sefami, Maria Aura, Carlos Cobos, Isela Vega, Ernesto Yanez, Alejandro Calva, Ruben Cristiani, Dagoberto Gama, Salomon Reyes, Ramon Alvarez, Itzel Ursul, Miguel Angel Fuentes.

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