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Gil Garcia is at the end of his life. Wounded and bleeding in a church confessional, he tells an unsuspecting Father Wade his tragic story. At a young age, Gil's father takes him to America in search of a better life, forcing him to leave the girl he loves in Mexico. Orphaned shortly after arriving, Gil is taken in by his father's only friend, Dustin, who raises Gil along with his own son, Rod. Fifteen years later, Gil & Rod have yet to find their way in life, still living at home and playing basketball on the streets for money. When cancer overtakes Dustin, they are faced with a funeral bill they cannot afford. Desperately searching for a solution, Rod suggests kidnapping for ransom. Gil knows of the perfect person: a woman married to a wealthy man who would never risk the life of his loved one for the relatively small amount of money in question. But Rod doesn't know the whole truth - the woman is Desdemona, Gil's childhood love from Mexico. The misguided brothers proceed hastily with their ill-fated plan as love, betrayal and racism collide to produce unpredictable and tragic results.
A modern day Othello, the film is indeed loosely based off the Shakespearean play but it also plays out like one too. The film is mostly seen in flashbacks as told to a Priest in a confessional by Gil. The story is deliberately slow in telling a story of love, power and rage. The characters are deep and easy to have feelings about in one way or another. This is a tragic tale of lost love and deceit, I has taken in by the film from it's opening frames and found it to be engaging and captivating, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen the entire time. Desdemona is a moody film and it certainly isn't a happy one but with a well-written, clever story and a cast that brings these characters to life Desdemona is a drama that touches on your emotions like no other I have in some time.
If you like a good drama or any Shakespeare-like story of tragic love then you going to find this to be as remarkable a film as I did. Director, Phillip Guzman does a fantastic job crafting the story, keeping all the little plots together and bringing out the best in his cast of mostly unknowns. The DVD doesn't come with any special features besides the trailer but the film itself is worth the price all on it's own. You can order the DVD HERE. Released by Maverick Entertainment
**** Out Of *****