Directed by: Alejandro Springall

Cast: Blanca Guerra, Martha Roth, Sergio Kleiner

Country: Mexico  |  Year: 2007  |  Duration: 98mins  |  English Subtitles

Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, and spoken in Spanish, Yiddish and Hebrew, "My Mexican Shivah" is a dramatic comedy about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life.

According to Jewish belief, from the moment a Jew is born, he or she is accompanied by two angels: the angel of light and the angel of darkness. With the passing of Moishe (75), his family and friends gather to sit shivah, the 7-day Jewish mourning ritual. The spirit angels Aleph and Bet, divine accountants, watch over the mourners actions and what's been said about the deceased to calculate which angel will accompany Moishe's soul to the afterlife.

The odds are against Moishe from the beginning. Family dysfunction aside, Moishe's friends are attending for their own motives. And to make matters worse, while performing his duties, a Chevreman, who is a member of the Chevra Kadisha (sacred funeral society) is milking the family for all they're worth, charging for kosher food, slippers and other shivah goods.

Emotionally unstable and obsessed with staying young, Moishe's daughter Esther falls apart, crying over a lost tooth and announcing that she is going to have plastic surgery to fix her entire body immediately after the shivah. Meanwhile, Moishe's son, Ricardo, is attempting to convince a doctor attending the shivah to give his girlfriend an abortion, while his wandering eye leads him to his dead father's lover, Julia Palafox, the notorious Catholic mistress for whom Moishe left his family many years earlier.

Also present are Moishe's grandchildren, Galia (23) Esther's daughter, a student at NYU, and her cousin Nicolas (28), a yeshivah student who lives in Israel, hiding from Mexican justice. They can't ignore their mutual attraction exacerbated by their confinement and motivated by the polarity of their values. They are surprised by the passion which leaves behind feelings of guilt for Nicolas, and satisfies Galia's love of defiance.

Which angel will win the battle for Moishe's soul? If the shivah reveals anything, it's that Moishe's family and friends loved him with all his flaws and mystery- and most of all his spirit.


COMEDIAS LATINAS - Cultural Film Series at UNAM Chicago

UNAM Chicago, through its Spanish Department and in collaboration with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, invites you to our Cultural Film series of Winter 2012-2013. At the end of each film, you are welcome to stay and practice your Spanish skills during our informal debates.

These film series, "Latino Comedies" show the depth and breadth of comedic movie-making produced in Latin America today. You will get a glimpse into the artistic vision of several important directors and their contribution to modern cinema for the last 10 years. Enjoy a light-hearted series with our renowned focus on quality.

Space is limited  |  Refreshments offered  |  FREE admission

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  • alfonso

    I have seen this movie before, I love it!

    December 30, 2012

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