Cine Las Americas 2012
By Caitlyn Collins | April 25, 2012
Director: Gonzalo Justiniano
Writers: Gonzalo Justiniano, Marina Stavenhagen
Starring: Dulce María, Carmen Salinas, Cristián de La Fuente
Lupita (Ducle María) is beautiful young woman from a well to do family in Mexico. Unlike the rest of her family, however, she leaves in a world all her own. This seems to be the result of ingesting too many hallucinogenic mushrooms as a young child. Her family sees her as crazy — her aunt in particular — and while Lupita has been committed at one point, her mother can’t bring herself to keep Lupita locked up. Lupita seems more innocent than challenged, self-aware in some respects, but completely oblivious to the ways of the world. When tragedy strikes Lupita’s family, her brother — Maxi (Cristián de la Fuente) — has Lupita committed again. But Maxi realizes an institution is no place for Lupita and hurriedly retrieves her. Unsure of how to take care of his sister and appease his family, Maxi leaves Lupita in a hotel room, gives her his credit card, and asks her to behave like a “normal” girl. What follows is a whirlwind journey for Lupita, which she documents with the camera of a cell phone.
On her journey, Lupita encounters several nefarious types, including good-looking Angel with whom Lupita has her first sexual experience. She also meets Chepita (Carmen Salinas) who realizes Lupita is a special girl in need of a little guidance. With ball-busting Chepita by her side, Lupita can’t get into too much trouble.
Directed by Gonzalo Justiniano, ¿Alguien ha visto a Lupita? (Have you seen Lupita?), is a romantic tale about innocence, love, and seeing the world from a different perspective.