Puerto Rican Film Review: Maldeamores

This coming Sunday Boricuas will celebrate the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. I thought I would commemorate the event with my very first film review. I recently saw on DVD a great Puerto Rican movie entitled Maldeamores (lovesickness.) The 2007 film was directed and co-written by Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz and was executively produced by Oscar-winning Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. Luis Guzmán, a well-known Puerto Rican actor that appeared in the movie Carlitos Way and the HBO series OZ, leads a stellar class of actors in this film about the ups and downs of love. Maldeamores was filmed in 18 days in Aquadilla, Santurce, and Salinas, Puerto Rico.

The film is beautifully Puerto Rican, with specific cultural sayings like “revulú” and “guagua.” It is a Spanish-language film with English subtitles available, but some Puerto Rican Spanish slang just does not translate well. Puerto Rico and its culture are clearly main “characters” in the film. The superb acting all-around, the island setting, music, dialogue, and family drama was culturally entertaining. Senior actress Silvia Brito steals a few hilarious scenes and I was impressed with the serious acting of Luis Gonzaga.

If you would like to see an excellent Puerto Rican film check out Maldeamores on DVD. The movie/DVD was made possible by the hard work and dedication of people from the Puerto Rico Film Commission and Maya Entertainment.

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1 Response to Puerto Rican Film Review: Maldeamores

  1. Hi, Phil.
    Thanks for shining a light on this movie. I hadn’t heard about it, but I liked the trailer and your review has me curious. Besides, I’m a fan of Benicio del Toro and Luis Guzman anyway.

    Take care.
    ~Anna

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