2015 Dallas International Film Festival: Alice in Marialand
Love and hate, the most human of emotions, tend to constantly drive us somewhere between a dream-like state and insanity—this is precisely the premise behind Jesus Magaña Vasquez’s directorial approach in his fourth feature.
The violent love-hate triangle among Tonatiuh (Claudio Lafarga), Maria (Barbara Mori, from Kites and telenovela fame), and Alicia (Stephanie Sigman, from
Miss Bala) develops through fantasies and flashbacks intermixing organically thanks to Magaña’s style and the riveting performances of the protagonists. The inherent surrealism of the narrative only accentuates reality's hard truths and the human emotions it reflects. Audiences willing to travel to Marialand will not be disappointed by the lyrical, oneiric, and challenging ride.