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Married Life

Luis Carlos Carrera's 1993 Mexican adaptation of a comic novel by Sergio Pitol chronicles four stormy decades of a bourgeois marriage. The husband (Alonso Echanove), a salesman turned resort developer, habitually seduces his secretaries; in retaliation his bored, neurotic wife (Socorro Bonilla) plots to murder him, conspiring with a succession of lovers. Carrera's tone careens from trashy cynicism to the sort of empathetic camp associated with Pedro Almodovar, but his evocation of Mexico's gaudy, corrupt nouveau riche in the 50s is highly effective.

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