Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Better known as Ascent to Heaven, Luis Bunuel's Mexican Bus Ride is a genial surrealistic comedy with many of the earmarks but little of the elegant cruelty of Bunuel's later works. Esteban Marquez plays a young bridegroom who is called away from the altar. Marquez's mother is dying, necessitating a bumpy two-day ride in a rickety bus to the little village where mama resides. En route, Marquez meets many eccentric characters, and is detained in a variety of mirth-provoking ways. Once he's arrived, Marquez is prevented from returning to his wedding by legal squabble's over mama's will.
inheritance, big-city, brother, bus, ceremony, death, family, honeymoon, journey, lawyer, mother, on-the-road, passenger, peasant, race-against-time, seduction, sibling, slice-of-life, temptation, traveling, wedding, will [document], busing [school integration], Mexico, youth