Madres (2021) – Movie Review – Most Underestimated Movie of the Year?

… Some whiny motherf*ckers would 
rate Citizen Kane one star if it  
wasn’t tagged the right way or if he was…
What’s up! I’m Marlon, and this is Ulven Reviews:  
movies and series from all over the world.
Today let’s talk about the 2021  
Not-Really-A-Horror Movie Madres, 
directed by Ryan Zaragoza.
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Diana (played by Ariana Guerra) and Beto 
(played by Tenoch Huerta) are expecting  
their first child when they move to a rural town 
in California for Beto’s new job on a farm.
Soon after, Diana begins to show strange 
symptoms like skin rashes and visions.  
Some think it’s a curse that hit pregnant 
Mexican women, ultimately leading to abortion  
and sometimes even the mother’s death.
Not believing the superstition, she decides  
to investigate what might be causing the symptoms 
before it’s too late for her baby and herself.
This is an Amazon original movie, so 
you can watch it on Prime Video.
This one is the last of the year, 
obviously! There’s not even time  
for another one, but here we go: Madres!
I always watch these True Crime Murder Shows 
from Discovery ID. One of them is Swamp Murders,  
and I watched an

episode fairly recently 
featuring Ariana Guerra, so I began to  
follow her on Instagram like I usually do with 
most actors and actresses that I see on things.
I follow more than five thousand profiles 
on Instagram and most of them are actors  
and actresses. By the way, you can follow 
us there on Ulven Reviews. I’ll be waiting!
Anyway, back to Ariana Guerra, it was on her 
profile that I saw the poster of the movie  
Madres. So, I realized Tenoch Huerta was starring 
it as well. I like Tenoch Huerta from Narcos.
And that’s how I decided to watch it, and 
without being a cunt, I wasn’t expecting  
shit. I just wanted to watch something with 
people I liked in it. So I did, and I loved it.
“Oh, but it wasn’t horror enough!”
The movie has less than five stars on IMDb,  
it’s fucking ridiculous. Some whiny motherf*ckers 
would rate Citizen Kane one star if it wasn’t  
tagged the right way or if he was produced 
by a company of another genre. Eat sh*t!
The movie really isn’t a horror, and I 
don’t see any problems at all with that.  
If it was advertised only as horror there’s a 
problem with the advertising, not with the movie.
Handling your expectations based on advertisement 
is not a problem of the movie or the filmmakers or  
anyone involved in it (besides the 
marketing, of course) that’s YOUR problem.
So, the film is more of a suspenseful thriller 
with minor supernatural elements… maybe…  
and some very small scares.
The movie is said to be based on a real story,  
but it’s not really like that. It’s a 
fictitious story based on events of history,  
more specifically the forced sterilization 
of the Latino population in the USA.
This type of thing happened 
in the USA since the 1880s…
So, I was reading into it, and actually, the term 
eugenics was created in the 1880s, but the U.S.  
only began using eugenic tactics in the 1900s.
… and is still going. The Immigration  
and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) has 
several accusations of forced sterilization  
of immigrant women in the cages they keep 
’em in. And these accusations come from  
the women themselves, and from whistleblowers.
So, a technique that most people would think  
could only happen in Nazi Germany, 
happens in Biden’s u.s right.
Now, by the way, did you know that the USA was 
a big inspiration for Hitler’s ideas, for his  
idea of Nazi Germany. He said it himself in Mein 
Kampf. I’ll link some sources in the description,  
but we can talk about that in another day.
Today, let’s get back to our focus.
The fact that ICE uses forced 
sterilization to this day,  
shows that despite the movie being set in the late 
70s, this subject is still very relevant. Not only  
that, but it’s a compelling story, as well.
I love investigation stories, and I think  
Madres did a fine job at that. I was 
invested in the story until the very end.
But it was not all roses. 
Some aspects of the story  
weren’t very well developed, for example, 
Diana’s relationship with her mother.  
You can see there’s something there, 
but it’s never further explored.
The main couple is just a regular, very normal 
couple, and that’s what makes them interesting.  
They are relatable at the highest level, they 
could be any one of us, or our family members,  
or our friends. Imagine the couple next 
door being a victim of genocide, literally.
One of the best things about the 
movie was Ariana Guerra’s performance,  
she’s really remarkable and flawless. I really 
like to see her career take off to even higher  
places. I absolutely loved her performance.
Another remarkable thing I loved were the  
costumes and settings, that put us in the late 70s 
with perfection. And the cinematography completes  
the absolutely gorgeous visual of the movie. 
I loved everything about the cinematography.
Now, going down the hill, 
we have the score. Another  
just boring, generic score. Unremarkable.
Madres is a great and highly underestimated movie,  
mostly because it’s not as “horror” as people 
expected. It has an outstanding performance,  
a theme relevant for our times, and a compelling 
enough story. I’ll give Madres 8 Moons!
That’s it for now. Once again, 
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