Tear This Heart Out | Chicago Reader

Tear This Heart Out

Reported to be the most expensive Mexican film ever made, this 2008 historical drama aspires to an epic sweep but never generates much tension. Ravishing Ana Claudia Talancon stars as a naive, impressionable 15-year-old who marries a ruthless general (Daniel Giminez Cacho, in a pleasantly hammy performance) and blossoms into a savvy, sophisticated professional wife as he pursues his political ambitions in the 1930s. Her voice-over narration increasingly intrudes on the story, which writer-director Roberto Sneider adapted from a novel by Angeles Mastretta. 110 min.

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