Film recommendation #9: MAMACITA
„You couldn’t dream up ‘MAMACITA‘ if you tried! This matriarch is one of those crazy characters that only real life can create.” Georg Bütler
MAMACITA by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
"Mamacita", an extravagant former beauty queen, resides on her estate surrounded by loyal domestic helpers. It does not matter whether they be the driver, chef, gardener or nurse; all of them are always available for Mamacita whose scrutinous eye exerts constant surveillance in spite of her 95 years. Through efficient self-marketing, this woman managed to build her beauty empire from scratch. Her eight children have dedicated their entire lives to her empire. When her grandson José Pablo went to Europe to study film several years ago, Mamacita made him promise to one day make a film about her life. Now José Pablo has returned to his homeland in order to keep his promise. Soon he discovers long-suppressed family secrets under the smoothly ironed, shiny surface that continue to affect five generations of the upper middle-class Mexican family even today. Gradually, he makes his way to the core of humanity: the desire to be loved.