Salma Hayek is definitely talented, and she had taken on a variety of roles over the years. Midaq Alley was originally released in 1995, and it is now available on blu-ray in the US for the first time.
The film is based on the 1947 novel “The Alley of The Miracles.” Egypt is the setting for the book, and Mexico is the setting for the movie. The original film title was The Callejon de Los Milagros, when it was first released in Mexico.
I haven’t read the the book, yet, but now I may need to. The drama is fascinating and the format allows viewers to get to know each of the characters.
The movie is in Spanish, and it has English subtitles. Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette and additional commentary from the director and Salma Hayek.
Film Movement Classics
Release date 11/6/18
Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City.
There is the bar owner’s son, Chava, who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel, is madly in love with the gorgeous Alma, who eventually becomes a high-class prostitute.
Finally, there is Susanita, the desperate spinster who pursues many love affairs in hopes of finding a husband.
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