Subida Al Cielo (1951)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie, Satire  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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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.

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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