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Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, accompanied by the directors of the FICM, presented the film The Girl on the Train (2016), directed by Tate Taylor and based on the novel written by Paula Hawkins.
The president of the Morelia International Film Festival, Alejandro Ramirez, thanked Edgar Ramirez for being able to count with his presence once again; meanwhile, the director of FICM, Daniela Michel thanked Universal Pictures for bringing the film to Morelia.
Edgar Ramirez on The Girl on the Train
“This film is tough. It reminds me of the ones my parents didn’t let me see and then I saw secretly, like Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction or Unfaithful. It is a film of broken characters, full of contradictions. Like all human beings, we have obsessions and guilt that we want to leave behind and that’s what the film is about. It is the first time it screens in Latin America and it’s here at the Morelia International Film Festival,” he concluded.
After the show, the actor appeared before the public to answer comments and questions about the movie:
Edgar Ramirez on violence against women in The Girl on the Train
“Violence against women is something that Mexico has been dealing for many decades, but this happens all over the world. My character is the only one that is not misogynistic and is not an abuser of women. For me, it was a great relief when I realized that my character, even when crossing ethical lines -who hasn’t?- doesn’t take part in the violence against women”.
Edgar Ramírez on Tate Taylor’s sensibility towards women
“Tate Taylor, is both a director and an actor and knows how to bring actors to places he needs. He has a nonjudgmental view of others and understands the world of women very well. Tate is like the American Almodóvar; he understands the female universe very well. For a film produced in Hollywood, it is quite subversive, especially when there are female characters who are not submissive. It is a brave film in the context that was made.”
On his experience with women on film
“I’ve been lucky to work with very brave women. I have never felt threatened by strong women; I like being around them, I think that’s also why I have been involved in campaigns advocating for women and I like to see strong characters on the screen. The limitations and oppression they have been subjected to for centuries are precisely what makes their universe so complex, their effort to overturn all the impositions of a patriarchal and sexist mandate. Cinema is an interesting platform to appreciate that complexity”.
“I do movies for personal reasons,” Édgar Ramírez tells us. Before he was in Hollywood movies, the Venezuelan actor was a journalist, and spent much of his life traveling the globe with his father, a soldier. He even considered becoming a diplomat. When he started appearing in films, like “Domino,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy” and especially “Carlos,” he always did so because he connected with them on a deep level.
As such, he sees a lot in “The Girl in the Train,” the splashy film version of Paula Hawkins’ mega-bestseller about a lonely woman (Emily Blunt) who gets involved in the case of a missing woman (Haley Bennett). Ramírez, 39, only has a small role in the film: He plays the therapist to the AWOL girl, who becomes one of the possible suspects. But that doesn’t stop him from waxing on what it says about society, the dangers of technology and, of course, Trump.
What was your big connection to “The Girl on the Train”?
It’s been a long time since Hollywood did a movie like this. We’ve seen strong and complex adult dramas in the independent world and overseas, but this movie reminds me of the great adult dramas from the ’80s and early ’90s: “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction” — films with messiness and complexity.
I’m old enough to remember that era.
They were the movies our parents didn’t want us to see. You would watch it on Betamax. [Laughs] I’m very excited because I think Hollywood tells those stories very well. American cinema is fantastic. If this movie performs the way we expect, it could open the doors to these types of films coming back on a big scale. Then we have options other than horror films and superhero films. We’ll that collective experience of moviegoing.
“The Girl on the Train” is a very empathetic portrayal of a troubled woman who’s been cast out of society — someone we’d probably ignore if we ran into her.
The movie holds a mirror for us to recognize ourselves in the brokenness, so to speak, of the three main, female characters. That’s very refreshing. Because female complexity is so interesting to watch onscreen. We all deal with burdens and guilt and unfinished business. We all want to move on from something. We all want to detach from something that causes us pain.
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