Juan Bustillo Oro

Dos monjes

Dos monjes

Made in the early days of Mexican sound cinema, this vividly stylized melodrama hinges on an audacious, ahead-of-its-time flashback structure. When the ailing monk Javier recognizes a brother newly arrived at his cloister, he inexplicably becomes deranged and attacks him. What causes his madness? Director Juan Bustillo Oro recounts the two men’s shared past—a tragic rivalry over the love of a woman—twice, once from the point of view of each, heightening the contrasts between their accounts with visual flourishes drawn from the language of German expressionism. With its gothic sets, elaborate lighting, and daring camera work by avant-garde photographer Agustín Jiménez, Dos monjes is a broodingly intense outlier in Mexican cinema, plumbing the depths of psychological torment and existential mystery with experimental verve.

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Dos monjes
Cast
Víctor Urruchúa
Juan
Carlos Villatoro
Javier
Magda Haller
Ana
Beltrán de Heredia
Prior
Emma Roldán
Gertrudis
Credits
Director
Juan Bustillo Oro
Screenplay
Juan Bustillo Oro
Screenplay
José Manuel Cordero
Producer
José San Vicente
Producer
Manuel San Vicente
Cinematography
Agustín Jiménez
Editor
Juan Bustillo Oro
Production design
Carlos Toussaint
Sound
José Marino
Music by
Max Urban
Music by
Raul Lavista
Assistant director
Carlos L. Cabello