A period piece that blends first love, the power of the cinema and the Mexican Revolution, El Cometa is set in 1910, as Medero's factions were organizing against the Profirio Diaz regime. Romualdo (Gabriel Retes) owns a traveling vaudeville show and has just lost his star attraction when his son Victor (Diego Luna) meets Guy (Patrick LeMauff), a French cinematographer who has worked for Lumiere. Victor is fascinated by the possibilities of the movies, and when Guy discovers Romualdo needs a new drawing card, he offers him a deal -- a movie set-up at a bargain price in exchange for helping to hide Valentina (Ana Claudia Talancon), a girl whose father was arrested for working with Medero's rebels. Valentina is also carrying a fortune in gold which she hopes to smuggle to Medero, who is hiding in Texas, but in the meantime she and Victor begin a romance and Valentina becomes the new star of the show while trying to elude the police. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I disagree with the other review. I was not born in Mexico and I fully aprreciate this movie. I loved the story line and the actors were fascinating. I like it very much and there are some parts that really cracked me up. Good Movie. It does not matter where you are born. If you LOVe movies as I you will love this.
I would say you would have to have been born and raised in Mexico to be able to fully appreciate this film. This is NOT Hollywood-friendly at all. Most of the film takes place under the cover of darkness so there are lots of scenes where all you see are shadows and that can be annoying. However, if you take it within the context of the film: that it is trying to depict the time in early 1900's Mexico when they had no electricity and plus the fact that the movie is about the introduction of film for the very first time in human history, all the darkness in the movie makes sense. This is a lighthearted film about entertainment and artistic expression under the oppressive regime of Porfirio Diaz, which sought to fully Europeanize and modernize Mexico at the cost of the indigenous peoples' lives and well-being. I am giving this film a high rating because of its originality since in Mexico you don't see these type of filmography often.