Asi del Precipicio
(On the Edge)

Asi del Precipicio (On the Edge)
Made in: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Director: Teresa Suarez
Starring: Ana de la Reguera, Alejandro Nones, Ingrid Martz, Gabriela Platas, Rafael Amaya, Daniel Vives, Ana Ciocceti, Ricardo Kleinbaum
Year: 2006

Synopsis: Three upper class women and their friends go through some tough times in Mexico City. Lucía (Ana de la Reguera) is an ad agency art director who's high on cocaine all the time, has a drinking problem, and is in a destructive relationship with her bull-fighter boyfriend Mathías (Alejandro Nones). She keeps a gun in her purse and yells at people a lot.

The filmmakers seem to have done her up to make her look like Penelope Cruz. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but it was really distracting (and didn't work).

Her friend Carmen (Gabriela Platas) is a struggling artist who's also high on cocaine all the time, has a drinking problem, and supposed to be manic depressive. Her best friends are Manuela (Daniel Vives), a drag queen who's always wearing ridiculous outfits, and Gerardo (Rafael Amaya) a nice-looking gay man who's always looking for gay sex.

Rounding out the trio is Hanna (Ingrid Martz), a good girl going through a divorce with mama's boy Abraham (Ricarado Kleinbaum). As Hanna tries to get her act together, she finds herself becoming a lesbian when she meets a rich lady named Sandra (Ana Ciocceti).

Lucía tries to go clean, but the movie would only be about thirty minutes long if she succeeded.

The Good: Asi del Precipicio was at least professionally photographed.

The Bad: What a wreck of a movie and waste of talent. There isn't much of a plot, and the story development is predictable and uninteresting. There's plenty of full frontal nudity, but it's pointless beyond shock value. Someone needs to tell director Teresa Suárez that simply slapping together shots of people doing controversial things (such as using cocaine, drinking excessively, having gay sex in a VW, dressing like an idiot, etc) doesn't equal art, and certainly doesn't amount to a controversial, thought-provoking movie. The only thing I was provoked into doing was hitting the STOP button my DVD player halfway through. (But I managed to stick it through to the end)

By watching Asi del Precipicio, you'll get the impression that every middle class woman is either high on coke, looking to score coke, or knows someone who has it. And when she's not doing drugs, she's either desperate to have obnoxious sex with emotionally retarded men or seeking a lesbian relationship.

You'll also get the feeling that every other man is gay and constantly looking for a quickie in a poorly lit place where cops aren't likely to show up.

Who would like this movie: I wouldn't subject anyone to this movie, whether he/she happens to like foreign films or not. But if you don't have internet access (which is unlikely if you're reading this), and you absolutely have to see Ana de la Reguera naked for some reason, then the first five minutes of this movie will suffice.

It's hard to tell if director Teresa Suárez just made a bad movie, or if she really hates Mexico.

(1 out of 4 cocaine stars)

Review written by: Joe Yang

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