Sexo, pudor y lágrimas

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Promotional poster for Sexo, pudor y lágrimas
Directed by Antonio Serrano
Produced by Matthias Ehrenberg
Christian Valdelièvre
Titán Producciones
Argos Cine
Tabasco Films
Written by Antonio Serrano
Starring Demián Bichir
Mónica Dionne
Víctor Huggo Martin
Cecilia Suárez
Jorge Salinas
Susana Zabaleta
Angélica Aragón
Music by Aleks Syntek
Distributed by Lola Films (Mexico)
20th Century Fox (US and Argentina)
Release date
  • June 18, 1999 (1999-06-18) (Mexico)
  • October 1, 1999 (1999-10-01) (US)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears) is a Mexican film, the second of the so-called New Era of the Cinema of Mexico (the first one was Like Water for Chocolate). It was the first film directed by Antonio Serrano.

The film is based on the successful play of the same name, which ran for two consecutive years and was written by Serrano himself. After the film was released it broke box-office records in Mexico (118 million Mexican pesos, roughly 10.9 million US dollars), it was shown for more than twenty-seven weeks, and was seen by more than eight million people in Mexico alone.[1] The film won five Ariel Awards.



Tomás (Demián Bichir) returns to Mexico after a seven-year trip around the world to visit his friends Carlos (Víctor Huggo Martin) and Ana (Susana Zabaleta), a couple going through relationship problems. Ana is seduced by Tomás, who is also her ex-boyfriend, which causes Carlos to kick Tomás out of their home. Although instead of Tomás leaving, Ana leaves and moves across the street to the apartment of their friends Miguel (Jorge Salinas) and Andrea (Cecilia Suárez), another couple going through problems. The situation becomes a battle of the sexes when Miguel is kicked-out for cheating on Andrea and sent to live with the "guys" across the street and María (Mónica Dionne), their friend, joins the "girls" in a boycott against all men. Tomas then has a fling with Andrea and gets caught in the act. After seeing the emptiness of his life, punctuated with him making a scene at a local nightclub, Tomas declares his love for Ana before apparently committing suicide by walking into an elevator shaft.

In the Region 4 DVD version, several alternate final scenes are explored, including Tomas surviving the fall and emerging in a full body cast.


  1. ^ "Sexo, pudor y lgrimas" (in Spanish). 

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