Word-of-mouth approval results in box-office lines

Maybe people were just afraid that Quinceanera may not enjoy an extended engagement. As screening time approached, the lines at the ticket window were still long this afternoon, and an Arbor factotum was encouraging those with credit cards to step over to the kiosk to help speed things up for everybody. The audience was of all ages and not the usual homogenous art-house crowd. The Chron review did award this four stars but most in line said that they were there because of a friend’s recommendation. The dialogue is partly in English and partly in Spanish with excellent subtitles and partly in the in-between, also with good subtitles where they’re helpful. One of the many plot threads involves rising property values and gentrification of an older city neighborhood. All of us laughed and plenty of us wept in places. This is a very entertaining movie and definitely one of this summer’s treats. Among the previews of coming attractions is one for the most recent Almodovar movie, Volver, with Penelope Cruz and others of his repertory company.

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