A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Pursue your passions but also preserve your culture. Sometimes naysayers around you will change their minds.
Positive Role Models
Lucia is dogged and passionate about playing the harp, refusing to take no for an answer even as the people around her tell her women can't play the harp.
The indigenous Yoreme culture, which the movie says has been endangered by a Mexican government that banned its language in schools, is depicted here as a culture worth preserving. At the same time, the movie advocates for less restrictive roles for women dictated by the culture. A man is called a "dirty Indian" by other Mexicans.
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Violence & Scariness
A man is deliberately hit by a truck off his motorcycle. He later has casts on his leg and arm. People from a different background call him a "dirty Indian."
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One use of the word "f--k," plus "damn" and "dirty Indian."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult smokes a cigarette. Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Corazon de Mezquite is a feature focusing on the long-held traditions of some of Mexico's indigenous people. Young Lucia longs to learn to play the harp, but her culture bans women from being harpists. The film shows a rural way of life, cellphone-and electronics-free, of people struggling with poverty, held together by traditions and family ties. A man is deliberately hit by a truck off his motorcycle. He later has casts on his leg and arm. People from a different background call him a "dirty Indian." One use of the word "f--k." An adult smokes a cigarette. Adults drink alcohol. In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Corazon de Mezquite is a lovingly-shot tribute to the traditional and spiritual ways of the Yoreme people of Mexico. But the movie suffers a bit from the contradiction between its expressed desire to help preserve an endangered culture while also advocating for exactly the kind of modern outlooks that generally threaten and unravel old traditions. To the modern eye, it seems unfair and prejudicial to keep girls and women from playing the harp "just because." We root for Lucia to persuade her father to allow her to play. But chipping away at dearly-held traditions piece by piece is exactly how traditions are dismantled. The filmmakers can't have it both ways. Either they sympathize with Yoreme habits steeped in religious and spiritual beliefs that dictate restrictive roles for men and women or they embrace a more modern view of what women should be allowed to do.
It's useful to note that the world's indigenous cultures didn't start out believing in the Catholic symbolism (Mother Mary, figures of Christ) introduced by foreigners, symbols featured here in local customs and rites. Clearly if the Yoreme culture accepts Christian rituals, it has already changed from what it was originally. This asks if women's roles in the culture can change without destroying the culture itself.
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