La Mujer de Mi Hermano

Impossibly beautiful people do improbably moronic things in La Mujer de Mi Hermano, which translates to "my brother's wife." The movie is a glossy adultery drama with no substance whatsoever. The melodrama inherent within the story causes the movie to play out like a telenovela, but makes these huge Latin American phenomenons look like works of art. Mujer is standard Skinemax without the nudity.  In fact, it's pretty impressive how much skin director Ricardo de Montreuil manages to show without showing actual nudity.  The fact that watching this is the most interesting aspect of the film says a lot, and none of it is good.

The three main players are Zoe (Barbara Mori), her husband Ignacio (Christian Meier, City of M), and his brother Gonzalo (Manolo Cardona).  Zoe is stunning.  Mori is gorgeous, and looks like she could be a model.  Moreover, everybody dresses extremely well, and the house that Zoe and Ignacio live in is stunning with glass walls.  Ignacio looks like he stepped out of a GQ shoot, and could pass as metrosexual.  And what's with not making love to his amazingly hot wife? Is he gay?  Well...He is handsome in the traditional tall, dark, and cultured sense.  Gonzalo is hot in a scruffy artistic manner.  He has longer curly hair and a slight beard, but still radiates hunkiness.

Zoe and Ignacio have been married for nearly a decade, and there is no more spark in their marriage.  They make love once a week on Saturday nights, although Zoe wishes it was more often.  Ignacio and Gonzalo do not get along.  There is some long held animosity brewing between them that the two refuse to speak about.  Moreover, Ignacio resents the fact that Gonzalo doesn't help with the family business.  Ignacio gives Gonzalo money, and feels that Gonzalo wastes it with art.  Zoe begins to confide in Gonzalo, and things quickly develop into an affair.

Otherwise, nothing of any importance happens for most of Jaime Bayly's screenplay.  Zoe and Ignacio meet for passionate soap opera love, and Ignacio begins to suspect something is amiss.  He also has a habit of throwing things into the pool when he's angry.  Eventually, Montreuil and Bayly get to the root of Gonzalo's anger towards his brother.  It's hard to see if the filmmakers wanted viewers to take it seriously.  As it plays out, it is more liable to elicit laughs than gasps of shock.

Mongoose Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 29 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles, Rated R for sexuality and language.

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