Marisa Sistach's 2001 drama begins as a nicely observed portrait of the developing friendship between two Mexico City girls in their early teens, both from broken homes. The mother of the volatile one is poor; the mother of the calm one ekes out an existence as a shoe-store clerk. The friendship goes from sweet to strained as the volatile girl turns to stealing, then is set up by her stepbrother for rape. Ximena Ayala and Nancy Gutierrez are believable as the girls, but any larger social point about disempowerment is blunted by the melodramatic specifics. In Spanish with subtitles. 90 min.
By Fred Camper