Arrancame la vida

Cine Las Americas and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin present:

ARRÁNCAME LA VIDA (Tear This Heart Out)

With author Ángeles Mastretta in attendance


Arrancame la vidaARRÁNCAME LA VIDA (Tear This Heart Out)
Directed by Roberto Sneider
Mexico/Spain, 2008
Based on the novel by Ángeles Mastretta
Starring: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, and José María de Tavira

Based on the iconic novel by Ángeles Mastretta, Arráncame la Vida is the story of a young woman’s search for freedom and identity during Mexico’s post-revolutionary period. Growing up in the 1930s, the beautiful Catalina Guzmán (Ana Claudia Talancón) knows little of the world beyond her father’s house, unaware of the political storm that is looming over the whole country. When a charismatic and cunning general, Andrés Ascencio (Daniel Giménez Cacho) arrives into her life, Catalina is dazzled by his world and the escape it offers from her provincial life. She soon discovers, however, that by dedicating her life to Andrés, she has lost her freedom in the tedious existence of a politician’s wife. Not until Carlos (José María de Tavira), a vibrant orchestra director, comes into her life does Catalina discover her greatest desire, her greatest love and her greatest tragedy.


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“....Tear This Heart Out has it all – a passionate love story set against the backdrop of the post-revolution ’30s and ’40s Mexico, sumptuous visuals and a sweep that sometimes touches the authentically epic...” Jonathan Holland, Variety

About Ángeles Mastretta

Angeles MastrettaÁngeles Mastretta was born in Puebla, Mexico, in October 1949. She began her writing career as a journalist but when, in 1974, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Mexican Writers’ Center, she was able to hone her skills with renowned writers such as Juan Rulfo, Salvador Elizondo, and Francisco Monterde. In 1975, La pájara pinta (Colorful Bird), a collection of Mastretta’s poetry, was published. It wasn’t until 1985 that the novel Mastretta had worked on for years, Arráncame la vida (Tear This Heart Out), was published and immediately garnered Mazatlán Prize for Literature for the best book of the year. A stunning success both in Mexico and abroad, the novel quickly cleared a place for Mastretta in the canon of Mexican writers. A warm, charming, and fiercely intelligent presence, Mastretta is famous for artfully crafting fiction that comments on the social and political realities of her country, and for giving birth to some of the most memorable and magical female characters ever caught between the covers of a book. Other titles by Mastretta include Mal de Amores and Mujeres de Ojos Grandes. (From:

About Roberto Sneider

Roberto Sneider’s first feature film, Dos Crímenes, won more than 15 international awards including three Ariels (Mexican Academy Awards). He produced Frida, based on Hayden Herrera’s biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which won two of its six Academy Award nominations. Arráncame la Vida is his second feature film as a director, writer and producer. The film won four Ariels and was Mexico’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards.

Consulate General of Mexico in Austin