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Santitos is a character-driven comedy about a young Mexican woman who has to come to terms with the loss of her teenage daughter. Esperanza's daughter Blanca suddenly and mysteriously dies in the hospital where she was having her tonsils removed. Shortly afterward, the vision of a saint appears on the greasy glass door of the oven, telling Esperanza that Blanca is not dead. Despite warnings from her best friend and the local priest, she embarks on an incredible journey across the country and over the border that ...
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Santitos is a character-driven comedy about a young Mexican woman who has to come to terms with the loss of her teenage daughter. Esperanza's daughter Blanca suddenly and mysteriously dies in the hospital where she was having her tonsils removed. Shortly afterward, the vision of a saint appears on the greasy glass door of the oven, telling Esperanza that Blanca is not dead. Despite warnings from her best friend and the local priest, she embarks on an incredible journey across the country and over the border that helps her shed her inhibitions one by one. Out comes a different Esperanza, a liberated independent woman who is also sexually uninhibited. Santitos was screened as part of the Filmmakers of the Present section of the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival.
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Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • UPC: 024543090823
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolores Heredia Esperanza
Demián Bichir Cacomixtle
Alberto Estrella Angel
Roberto Cobo Dona Trini
Ana Bertha Espin Soledad
Fernando Torre Lapham Father Salvador
Luis Felipe Tovar Doroteo
Dario T'Pie Cesar
Flor Edwarda Gurrola Paloma
Technical Credits
Alejandro Springall Director, Producer
Juan Manuel Aceves Sound/Sound Designer
David Baksht Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Becker Casting
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
Carol Dysinger Editor
Maria Amparo Escandon Screenwriter
Liliana Felipe Score Composer
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Monica Neumaier Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Nicolau Score Composer
Salvador Parra Production Designer
John Sayles Executive Producer
Rosino Serrano Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:42]
2. Confessing the Miracle [3:53]
3. Telling the Miracle [2:13]
4. Remembering Blanca [1:14]
5. The Hospital [3:33]
6. Asking for Help [:32]
7. Second Appearance [6:12]
8. Cemetery [2:26]
9. Fired [2:38]
10. Third Appearance [5:16]
11. A Clue [3:02]
12. On the Bus to Tijuana [2:59]
13. Arriving in Tijuana [5:16]
14. A Lesson in Prostitution [4:35]
15. The Pink House [3:49]
16. Searching the Home [2:28]
17. Mr. Haynes [4:40]
18. Cleansing the Evil [2:16]
19. Behind the Secret Door [3:28]
20. The Other Side of the Border [:43]
21. Work [6:07]
22. Wrestling [5:20]
23. Celebrating With the Champ [6:10]
24. Asking the Saints [4:04]
25. Coming Home [5:52]
26. Rest in Peace Blanca [1:20]
27. Reunited With the Champ [3:16]
28. Closing Credits [4:15]
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      English
      Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent film lost in the bad management of the American distributor

    This film begins simply on the stage of an impoverished Mexican city as Esperanza struggles financially to survive after the loss of her husband. Her true hurdle is the emotional void of his absence, but the warmth of her daughter's love is enough to sustain her. The sudden death of her daughter is an staggering blow that eventually overwhelms her sanity. As her life unravels she seeks solace in the church. But her behavior becomes more bizarre and she loses her job and alienates her roommate. Isolated emotionally and now destitute her confessions to the parish priest become a narrative of her delusions. Unable to accept this latest loss, she believes a saint in an oven door has dispatched her on an odyssey to find her daughter in a northern brothel. I felt this movie was a powerful allegory about loss and redemption. Esperanza's downward spiral is jarring and painful, and yet we manage to laugh along the way at scenes like her long distance confessions to her priest. Even though her life was so austere she felt rich with the comfort of her daughter. When she dies, Esperanza's pain consumes her and the movie documents her struggle to redefine her life. From one scene to the next we have little idea of where she is heading. In the end, her spirit triumphs and she is able to begin rebuilding her life. The purpose of the movie doesn¿t seem to be to portray issues in black and white; to move between polar extremes of emotion. It is told in subtle shades of gray, the kind of grays we encounter in life. In the end there is no magic moment of healing ¿ we simply see that Esperanza is at last recovering.

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