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Friday, April 15, 2016

THE CHARRO OF TOLUQUILLA

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selection

By D.E.Levine

In the 1940s and 1950s "Charro" cinema became to Mexican cinema what the western is to American cinema.

Charro refers to a icon of popular folklore , a horseman with colorful clothing and a big sombrero.  In this film, Jaime Garcia, a mariachi singer, has assumed the cocky and seductive attidue of the typical Charro.

Despite his womanizing and drinking, there is a weariness that creeps into Jaime's life as he struggles to survive as an HIV-positive man and keep his image alive while struggling to maintain a relationship with his estranged daughter (born without the HIV virus) and her stingent, religious mother.

The film, over a period of five years, chronicles the life and emotions of a man divided.