The Gene Siskel Film Center is debuting the Mexican film Me Estas Matando, Susana featuring Gael García Bernal and Verónica Echegui. The romantic comedy is based on the book Ciudades Desiertas by Mexican writer José Agustín. This will be the film’s first Chicago run, premiering on Friday, Feb 24. Tickets available here. (Contact us for discount code!)
Wickedly handsome telenovela actor Eligio (García Bernal) cheats serially on his whip-smart novelist wife Susana (Echegui) until the morning he wakes up to find her gone. Turns out she’s heading for Iowa, to a scholarship residency at famous writers’ workshop, and she soon has her belatedly contrite and suddenly re-smitten husband in hot pursuit. This romantic comedy gives equal time to comedy and romance, with steamy love scenes, realistic culture clash drama of Latinos adrift in white-bread territory, and sharply funny encounters when, in a sequence set in snowy Chicago, hot-tempered Eligio learns what infidelity feels like when the tables are turned. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital.