1991-2000Arturo RipsteinComedyCrimeMexico

Arturo Ripstein – La perdición de los hombres AKA The Ruination of Men (2000)

In “La perdición de los hombres”, Ripstein once again enters the world of misery, though his characters are not precisely outcasts as the fat nurse and her gigolo lover. This time he returns to his early free-style -it’s even in black and white-, as he tells the stories of normal people, who choose weird solutions to their predicaments and whose dreams occupy the same space and tone as their daily actions on the screen. Garciadiego rarely paints a “nice” male character. So here there are not only one but three machos, who play baseball and believe that man’s downfall is personified in women (in fact, the movie’s title is a verse from a popular ranchera that goes “Man’s downfall / Is the damned woman”). Garciadiego built her story a la “Pulp Fiction”, with the first act told after the resolution, so one has to wait quite a bit to know why two of the guys kill their pal, known as the “King of the Baseball Diamond”, while his widow fights for his corpse with his younger and prettier lover. I cannot deny it’s funny. Sometimes very funny, mainly because Patricia Reyes Spíndola (as the widow, an underrated fine actress that Ripstein turned into a star when she played lesbian singer Lucha Reyes in his sordid 1994 biopic “La reina de la noche”) is such a good actress, that she carries most of the film. On the other hand, Ripstein uses long takes by two virtuoso cameramen who follow the players dynamically in the tightest spaces. For me, who hated three Ripstein/Garciadiego films in succession (“Principio y fin” is the third) and avoided his most recent ones (“El coronel…” and “El evangelio de las maravillas”), this was a sort of reconciliation with their cinema.

Arturo Ripstein - (2000) The Ruination of Men.mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 41 min
Size: 	1.60 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	714x424 ~> 753x424
Aspect ratio:  	16:9
Frame rate: 	25.000 fps
Bit rate: 	1 800 kb/s
BPP: 	0.238
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