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See full summary » In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. See full summary » A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice.All of them are friends, and they decide to sing some modern songs, while the other ...See full summary » Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead.After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. See full summary » During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. See full summary » At the beginning of WW2, Liviu, a Romanian count, and his wife Julia come to live on an uninhabited tropical island, where they hope to escape the war and their past. See full summary » "El Tarzan" Lira is an ex-convict who decides to give up his criminal past and reform his life.In "Cadena Perpetua", Ripstein directs his anger at corrupt police forces who seem to have prevailed in Mexico.
Lastly, ' Cadena Perpetua' is an interesting film to watch as it does not propose easy solutions to problems faced by a reformed person.
It is also important especially in the manner it has researched the past of a reformed criminal.
The movie gives no statistics; but in 1960 attendance at mass was 88% of the population,.
However, a corrupt policeman blackmails him leaving "El Tarzan" no other option but to continue committing robberies.
Adapting the genre conventions of the film noir to the Mexican context, Ripstein's film focuses on Mexican police corruption and questions the judicial system.
Every human being deserves a chance to progress in life despite having had a shady past.