'Diario a Tres Voces (Three Voices)'
Weaving love stories across generations
Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Fri., March 15, 2013
SXSW Film Reviews
Diario a Tres Voces (Three Voices)SXGlobal, North American Premiere
D: Otilia Portillo Padua; with Monserrat Luna Campos, Olga Kuri, Aldegunda González
The parallels of love stories defy generational gaps. Director Otilia Portillo Padua's vibrant cinematic kaleidoscope joins three women's stories in this emotionally rich, Spanish-subtitled documentary. The ribbons of broken vows and the understanding that friendship trumps romance knit together the leading ladies, and cultural highlights abound with the vintage Spanish crooning, Eighties Mexican wedding fashion, and a modern quinceañera. Intimate confessions lay bare the hearts of all three women, and Three Voices embodies the strength and beauty of femininity, but there's other beauty, too: the feisty nonagenarian's near-century-old photographs, reels of footage from a middle-age divorcees marriage gone bust, and screenshots of a teenager's social media pages. Sometimes reminiscing blue, sometimes holding black flowers of fate, Three Voices is both humorous and sentimental, just as love stories ought to be.
Wednesday, March 13, 1:45pm, Violet Crown