Camila – the melodramtic wonder

 <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;">The move Camila directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg is a melodramatic love story of Camila O’Gorman and Jesuit priest, Ladislao Gutierrez. It is the stereotypical story of a young woman who is swept off her feet by a man that she can not dream of being with. Therefore, he is precisely who she dreams of being with, and when her dream come true, all havoc breaks loose and social norms are thrown out the window all for love. Romantic right? Not when the end results in both lovers dead from breaking said social norms, that tends to take the romance down a few notches. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>After reading Stevens’ article on the movie, one gets the distinct sense that the movie is very historically accurate which is quite refreshing. Throughout the movie they use actual lines from O’Gorman’s actual letter to Rosas and discusses how much of the story that we know of Camila and Ladislao was learned by her jailor. The article really gives a good historical background for both of these main characters families. The article also sheds a different light on Camila’s father. In the movie he comes off as a tyrant and just an overall not so nice of a person. In this letter to Rosas, he does not appear to be sentencing his own daughter to death like the movie portrays him, it is evident however, that he was more concerned with saving his family’s name than saving his daughter. Dore’s reading which was honestly a bit confusing backs up this ideology. It seems as if around the time of Camila’s life that marriage and family changed and that the patriarch of the family really started to hold more control over that aspect of life which fits in perfectly with this story and his reaction to her running away with a priest. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The most interesting thing about the movie was the perspective by which it was told. Both Hart and Stevens make it clear through quotes that Bemberg wanted Camila to be a progressive, strong willed woman who knew exactly what she was doing. She comes off as being the seducer, not the stereotypical helpless woman. This role seems doubtful but all of these articles seem to back this perception up. Camila loved Ladislao, she made sure that her jailor knew this; she knew exactly what she was getting into and was okay with it. The movie does add a clever spin by making Ladislao seem like the lady in the relationship. He always seems to be so scared and reliant on either Christ or Camila that his love almost seems pathetic. Bemberg definitely achieved her goal of making Camila a strong woman throughout the entire movie.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In conclusion, this movie stayed oddly accurate given the information that is available on the real life Camila and Ladislao. This accuracy is quite refreshing and told in a way that it still captures your heart and your mind. By the end of the movie, you are rooting for the couple; you do not want them to die by laws that are cruel and unjust. Overall, this movie was very well done and hit that melodramatic feel that the director was looking for.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div>