They have been best friends since childhood, but the friendship is strained because they have both had babies by the same man, Ernesto. As dramatic situations unfold around them, some that would turn violent, they must try to stay together as friends despite the betrayals, heartbreak and tragedies. The opening lines in the film are a narration by Mona and Maribel. I saw it when it first came out in theaters. . The women, wronged by men, grow stronger, and with this growth comes wisdom and empowerment.
And just so you know, Gabrielito is not alone in his pursuit of the musical arts. The stories depicted in Hollywood were always white, and Telenovelas were no better, always centering on wealthy Mexican light skinned women whose lives I could never relate to. As a young child, Guevara became interested in reading Marx, Engels, and Freud found in his father's library. They were just like the young women I saw around me every day, women who I both feared and looked up to, the cholas that no one messed with. Very tall, and looked like she was made out of gold.
Maybe that position, neither inside nor outside, contributes to the film's problems. Giggles, however, is not interested. And though violence is part of their lives, they are likely to be teen-age mothers struggling to get by. But in a change of heart, once face to face, neither woman actually has it in her to hurt the other. The women are so impressed by Giggles organization of the impromptu meeting, they begin to have a change of heart about her new maturity, and start to take her advice seriously.
Just recently, I watched the film for the first time as an adult, and I cannot tell you how fun it was to relive Mexican-American style, hair, and makeup from the 90s. My admiration for the film, as a young Latina, stemmed from how fierce and beautiful the lead female characters seemed. Sad Girl wears deep black lipstick wherever she goes. The two gang members stop short of shooting each other, but Ernesto is gunned down by a Caucasian customer from outside the ghetto. Working on this set was an extraordinary experience because the entire cast was amazing. A few months ago, I was pleased to find the cop on the motorcycle pulling up in front of my car was actually none other than Papi Chulo, Julian Reyes! She is always posting videos of her hilarious and talented tribe on Facebook. She looks beyond the surface of the lives of Hispanic girl gangs and attempts to create a deeper portrait of young women in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Sad Girl's college coed sister Alicia, aka La Blue Eyes Magali Alvarado , has been spending her time writing letters to prison pen-pal Juan, who abandons the correspondence after his release. Those who try to label cholos as thugs, gangsters, and drug dealers may not realize that for many lower class urban Latino Americans in the 90s, there was very little divide between cholos and non-cholos. Something special is on the agenda for 2018 so stay tuned! He considers himself a businessman. Their years of friendship, as it turns out, runs deeper than their love for Ernesto. Giggles becomes upset by the friends disrespect for one another and schools them. This is where their friendship picks up again. Vero Arellano aka Stranger manages the page on Facebook but she is also one of the 30 inspiring women featured on a Living Firme Podcast.
They take Alicia to a party and it is there she learns Juan Temido is actually el Duran, a known womanizer. He always leaves me with nuggets of wisdom. But upon reading a poem written by Juan Temido, she falls for him. Here we have Giggles, who after a few more years of acting decided to devote her life to her family and her music. They pride themselves for remaining loyal to each other and their gang. My analysis of the film as the earliest portrayal of modern Chicana feminism starts with the growth of the women throughout the film.
Because you see where feminism is often thought of as an ideology for educated women, among working class women of color, feminism is Mi Vida Loca. It is then that Giggles is surprised to learn that neither woman is aware of the lowrider truck Ernesto left behind, Suavecito, which Giggles suggests they sale to help with money. As Maribel and Mona enter young womanhood, they continue to be inseparable. Violence, extreme profanity, substance abuse, adult situations. It makes me nervous to have so many guns around the kids, but we are safe and practical.
As for me, I never joined a gang. The Echo Lake girls pledge to break the cycle of violence, but the outlook isn't bright at the film's end. Grief travels through Amish country. Anders, who lives near Echo Park, is neither condescending nor arrogantly intimate in her approach to these characters. What do you peeps think? In Echo Park, a Hispanic neighborhood of Los Angles, girlhood friends Sad Girl Angel Aviles and Mousie Seidy Lopez find themselves at odds after each woman has a child with the same man, drug-dealer Ernesto Jacob Vargas.