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Only God Knows

This road movie masquerading as a love story is so reactionary it's loathsome. A Brazilian teacher (Alice Braga of Lower City) working in San Diego and involved with a married man finds herself stranded in Tijuana when her passport's stolen. She's “rescued” by a smitten Mexican journalist (Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna), who doesn't tell her he's found her passport so that she'll drive with him to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. His religiosity doesn't deter him from plotting seduction, and she pays too dearly for their affair. Carlos Bolado, who codirected the documentary Promises, may have a great eye for landscape and local color, but the pretty images barely disguise the misogyny. In English and subtitled Spanish and Portuguese. 115 min.

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