• Perfume de violetas (2001)

Perfume de violetas

Release Date: 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Yessica (Ximena Ayala) is a rebellious girl who forms an unlikely friendship with quiet schoolmate Miriam (Nancy Gutiérrez). Yessica's home life is ruled by her brutal stepfather and her amoral stepbrother, Jorge (Luis Fernando Peña), while Miriam shares a calm, loving household with her mother. The girls' friendship is shattered after Jorge arranges to have one of his friends rape Yessica. In the aftermath, the traumatized girl unwittingly draws Miriam into her troubled world.

Cast: Ximena Ayala, Nancy Gutiérrez, Arcelia Ramírez, María Rojo, Luis Fernando Peña, Gabino Rodriguez, Pablo Delgado, Clarisa Malheiros

Director: Marisa Sistach

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Dark, Transformation, Mother, 2000s, Growing up, Friend, School

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    David ParkinsonEmpire

    This tale of Mexican poverty refuses to lapse into sensation or melodrama. show more

  • 80
    Ella TaylorL.A. Weekly

    This powerfully rough slice of neo-realism, hitched to soapy melodrama, puts a heartbreakingly human face on the widespread problem of sexual assault in Mexico. show more

  • 80
    Kevin ThomasLos Angeles Times

    Very strong stuff, and Sistach has inspired such young actors as Ayala and Gutiérrez to give sustained and harrowing portrayals. show more

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