Bienvenido - Welcome (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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This interesting bilingual comedy chronicles the effects of AIDS on a marriage. Maria and Jose are married. Trouble ensues when Jose strays with a tall, seductive blonde while he is at a conference. Throughout the opening scenes it is apparent that this is a low budget film. The English is appalling, and the boom mike keeps appearing during the scenes. Just as Jose begins making love to the blond, a man is seen watching a monitor. Another man appears and tries to pull away the sheet covering the lovers. He succeeds and the irate blond wraps the sheet around her and stalks out. Fortunately, the makeup girl is not as modest and assumes the blonde's role. The director is greatly relieved. The filming continues as Jose makes love to the adulteress. Afterward, he wakes up to find "Welcome to the world of AIDS" luridly scrawled across the mirror. Thus begins the two plotlines. On one hand, the film parodies the budding Mexican film industry. On the other, it presents a semi-serious story about AIDS, a disease that is infecting more married women in Mexico than anyone else.

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disease, actor, AIDS, behind-the-scenes, filmmaker, love, marriage