'The Good Girls' - film about Mexico, Wealth, Oppression and Power

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'The Good Girls' -  Mexico, Wealth, Oppression and Power

María Guadalupe Loaeza Tovar is a famous Mexican contemporary writer. She wrote about 40 books, portraying the Mexican upper class and with her usual wit and poignancy, Loaeza created a series of stories as entertaining as they are revealing. A film by Alejandra Marquez Arbella based on Loaeza's book, The Good Girls (Las Niñas Bien) recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Loaeza, like film-maker Arbella, is an astute observer and a sharp critic of the Mexican bourgeoisie and the post-1985 democratization of Mexico. Both the film and the book carefully chronicles Mexico’s upper middle class during the country's debt crisis of 1982 and the history of the past three decades. The characters are representative of a particular social sector whose habits, attitudes, and behaviors are described with meticulous realism.

In her elegant new film based on the book, Alejandra Márquez Abella shines a crystalline light on the mores of Mexico's upper middle class during the country's debt crisis through the story of a well-to-do socialite and her husband. As the camera glides through the monied world of the wives and fiancées of the well to do, Abella captures, with rigour, humour, and irony,  the details, subtle glances and muted conversations that determine the pecking order within the wealthy circles.

Alejandra Marquez Arbella, Ilse Salas and Face2Face host David Peck talk the The Good Girls, wealth, oppression and power, social inequalities and how the economic and the political affect the everyday.

About the Director: Alejandra Marquez Abella was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, raised in Mexico City. She studied filmmaking at Centre d’Estudis Cinematographics de Catalunya in Barcelona. Her short 5 Memories was exhibited in over 140 festivals around the world. Semanta Santa, her first feature, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and visited festivals such as SXSW and Karlovy Vary. The Good Girls is her second feature.

Image Copyright: Woo Films and Alejandra Marquez Arbella. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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