Mexico is popularly known for the production of dozens of comedy feature films that are produced year after year for both film and streaming. From movies about a failed wedding, a childhood trauma between friends, a woman who does not like children or simply the classic story of the impossible couple. Despite the fact that the stories are “different”, their execution ends up being almost always the same. Fortunately, other stories are also made that give the viewer other experiences, and that is where he inscribes I take you with me – 84% from the American director Heidi Ewing.
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The dance of 41 – 95% Y Dream in Another Language – 91% Despite being films that contain a totally different approach, time and circumstances, they share a common theme: homosexuality and the censorship experienced by the protagonists of these films. The interesting thing about these films is that they do not take the prejudice that society has to mock or something like that, but they delve into the themes, the contexts, and through the actions they criticize the social and political systems. Ewing’s film uses fiction and documentaries to tell us why a Mexican chef, living in New York, cannot see his son who lives in Puebla. The refusal of a visa will present the father with the dilemma of whether or not to return to a country he left because of homophobia and lack of opportunities. At the same time, the film reveals a deep story of love and friendship.
Since its premiere at Sundance, I take you with me He captivated the critics and the public by the sensitive treatment of two sensitive subjects: homophobia and immigrants, based on a true story. This is how we know Iván (Armando Espitia) aspiring chef pushed by different circumstances to leave his soul mate (Christian Vazquez) and undertake the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same again. The film has reached the Mexican billboard and the general consensus is that we are facing a work that will break and repair the viewer’s heart, one of the best films of 2020.
Critics point out that despite everything that is wrong with the world like homophobia, racism and hatred that is seen everywhere, I take you with me – 84% take the message that the most beautiful thing is that you are lucky to give and receive. Beyond preferences and immigration status, this trip talks about the value of not hiding and pursuing your dreams, even if the costs are as painful as we see in the movie. Other of the successes of the film is its cast, the wonderful interpretations of Espitia and Vázquez, both capable of leaving the respectable with a lump in his throat, in addition to the work of the Mexican actress Michelle Rodriguez, which goes from comedy to drama, and plays both genres.
A sector of the public could find a very close message within the film, in the fact that those who leave a part of their heart in Mexico and that every day carry this pain. Several lines that will remain for memory.
Here are the most outstanding reviews of I take you with me – 84%:
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René Sánchez, from Cinema Without Borders:
Te Llevo Conmigo is a story that will be familiar to all those who have left a piece of their heart in Mexico and who, day by day, carry the weight and pain of memories and sacrifices.
Martin Elías Londoño, from MemesRandom.com:
I Take You With Me is a visually stunning film that is acceptably rendered and filled to the brim with important messages and memorable lines that I will never forget.
JJ Negrete, from Forbes:
I take you with me is an invitation to stop hiding, be it because of a preference or immigration status.
Alessandra Rangel, from Popcorn:
… the film steals your heart and then breaks it, but gradually repairs it carefully.
Jaime Davis, from Movie Jaw:
It’s a beautiful reminder that despite hardships, hatred, immigration rules, pandemics, racism, fascist governments, and everything that’s wrong with the world, love, in all its forms, is a gift that we are fortunate to give and receive.
Gustavo A. Pineda, from Who Premiere:
A romance for posterity.
Maximiliano Nunez, from Cinéfiloz:
… an inspiring love story that lives on the dark side of the American dream.
Staff, from Criticologists:
A love story full of a lot of soul …
Carlos Aguilar, from Remix:
Irregular like scattered puzzle pieces, the structure deviates from its main course in the form of flashbacks.
Gregory Ellwood, from The Playlist:
A beautiful gay love story that ends with an unconvincing twist …
Steven Warner, from In Review:
… its documentary structure does it no favors.
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