Synopsis by Mark Deming
In 2004, Video artist Miguel Calderón began work on a documentary on Emma Bardor, a classically eccentric Mexican multi-millionaire, but after several months of shooting rough footage of Bardor, he was forced to abandon the project. Years later. Calderón has revisited the documentary with La Discipula del Velocimetro (aka Disciple of the Speedometer), a film fashioned from the video material he shot during the early stages of the production. La Discipula del Velocimetro doesn't present a full biographical portrait of Bardor, but rather reflects Calderón's fascination with the millionaire and her lifestyle -- her large collection of sports cars, her relationship with her equally quirky teenage son, her show business career as a stunt performer and musician, her fascination with the paranormal, and the retinue of bodyguards that follow her everywhere. While La Discipula del Velocimetro reflects Calderón's obsession with Bardor, it also makes clear how much distance there is between them, and why the film as originally conceived was destined to fail. La Discipula del Velocimetro was an official selection at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.