Sunday, December 30, 2012


I had a sense of déjà vu when I saw this scene for the first time. This was exactly what I thought: I did not like my life when I was 10-ish. I wanted to end it and come back as someone else. Unlike this old man, however, I did not have the courage to go under the tyre of a truck or anything dramatic like this.

A throwaway scene from a very small English-Spanish American film, Quinceañera.

Quinceañera is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. It was released as Echo Park, LA in UK. Set in Echo Park, Los Angeles, the film follows the lives of two young Mexican American cousins who become estranged from their families: Magdalena because of her unwed teenage pregnancy and Carlos because of his homosexuality. The third issue entered upon by the film is the gentrification of a populous district of Los Angeles, and the resultant culture clash. The film is spoken in the mixture of English and Spanish ("Spanglish") used by bilingual people who switch easily from one tongue to another; some of the humor is best appreciated by bilingual viewers.
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