I think we all know, deep inside (maybe not that deep), that women are a little crazy. Being a woman, I’m a’ight with that—it’s the truth. Leave it to Mexican film Amor, Dolor y Viceversa to give us an exciting, excellently made psychological thriller (and part comedy, if you think about it) on the complexity of love and the differences between man and woman.
Based on Blas Valdez’s short story “Violanchelo” this movie tells the story of a man and a woman subconsciously connected through their dreams. Bárbara Móri stars as Chelo, who dreams about the perfect man. We soon find out this perfect man actually exists, and he too finds himself thinking about Chelo—in his nightmares. This movie teaches us that the term “stalker” actually isn’t thrown around that loosely.
In an almost Elizabethan twist, we are submerged into the questionable path a person in love is willing to take to find their supposed soulmate. After many gasps and “oh, so that’s what’s going on’s,” the relationship between Chelo and her perfect man begins to unravel. And let me tell you here and now—Amor, Dolor y Viceversa is the Fatal Attraction of the decade. No offense to Glenn Close, but at least now we get a pretty girl to look at while men are shaking in their seats.
With great photography and amazing music to build up the plot, this film shows the passion and desperation human beings have for any type of contact. Desperate for love, for attention, for a connection, we fear the dark threat of loneliness and will do anything to avoid it. Amor, Dolor y Viceversa is far more complicated than I fessed up to be—the cinematic capacity to fuse reality with fantasy is amazing. And trust me, it’s one of few films that’ll have you gasping and at the same time, chuckling lightly at the end of it. Oh, and no—I didn’t give it a rave review just ‘cause I’m Mexican. I can’t help it if we’re awesome.