One Family Among Many | Chicago Reader

One Family Among Many

This lively 1948 romance is notable for its critique of Mexican patriarchy but sometimes veers toward the lurid. Fernando Soler plays a father so repressive that he forbids his daughters to set foot in the bathroom with their older brother; while cleaning house one day, his middle daughter (Martha Roth) is swept away by a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman (David Silva). A winning presence, Silva supplies comic relief from the father's emotional and physical violence and offers a message of female liberation that even today may be news to some people. Director Alejandro Galindo apprenticed in Hollywood in the 30s, and his craftsmanship holds up. In Spanish with subtitles. 130 min.

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