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EL MUNDO SEGUN MURIEL (LIFE ACCORDING TO MURIEL)

          The last sentence of the flyer says, A story of courage and survival, it is also a story of men and women as seen through the eyes of a child.

          A good college friend once told me, “Dumaan ka sa pagkabata?” after she sang a nursery rhyme which I reciprocated with a confused look. Before I could answer, she already concluded I didn’t. Now here’s this Argentinean film inviting, “C’mon! Let’s view life just like how a kid does!” and I emerged out of Instituto Cervantes scratching my head. Did I really pass by my childhood days? With these two proofs on mind, it must be so.

          The story began with Laura departing Buenos Aires behind with her daughter Muriel in hopes of starting anew. Her husband has bid adieu. (Yippee! Yahoo! Yehey! Girl Power!) When she finally found the place to begin the new chapter of her life with, her car, along with their money and other belongings, plunged to the lake of no return on its own. Her desperation for shelter prompted her to meet Mirta, the owner/mother of two of a hotel that may once has been a hotel. Suspicions got in the way initially until their similar ugly fate with men united them. (Yippee! Yahoo! Yehey! Girl Power!) As a result, the matriarchs decided to revive the old hotel and score exponential profit on their own. I was quick to conclude that this is the first film to tackle that women could get out of their hellish situation without the help of a man, as opposed to Hollywood movies like Pretty Woman and Monster’s Ball. It would have gone smoothly until Muriel’s father made an expected comeback with a burning yearning to make up with his daughter. Eventually, the tension reached the halls of Mirta as she experienced self-pity (and who knows, envy) that here’s a woman who never waited for her husband to show up again yet goes home with a love struck pair of eyes whereas her missives for her husband seemed to reach an illiterate man. To top it all off, her hotel took a career nosedive. Her depression transformed into shock when she found out that her love letters were never sent but hidden in secret by Tony, a man she only perceived as a friend, out of love for her. Before the story ended, Laura and Muriel were able to recover the car …and Tony’s dead body. He previously promised Muriel that he would bring the car ashore.

          If you suspect that Muriel took his father’s offer to go with him in France, you are mistaken. Laura insisted she’d raise her daughter alone. If you also speculate that Mirta realized she was attracted to Tony all along and announced she’d wallow in pain for the next six years, think again. She sold her hotel, sought greener pastures with her children and re-married.  Every now and then, the two friends and three youngsters (the fourth is on its way) re-unite and keep the bond alive.

          Yippee! Yahoo! Yehey! Girl Power!

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