Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
The Desert Bride (La novia del desierto)
The film opens on a telling moment: a mistress gives her domestic Teresa (Paulina Garcia) a manicure so that her mitts might look spectacular when they receive their owner’s walking papers. We know very little about Teresa except that she has killer nails and a desperate desire to recover a gray bag containing her worldly pos-sessions, a bag she left with a guy known only as Gringo (Claudio Rissi). Thinking that he might have accidentally left the bag at one of his numerous work-related stops, Gringo invites Teresa to accompany him on his rounds. What awaits our travelers is a life-altering romantic journey: it’s just a matter of time before Teresa lets her guard down, Gringo eases up on the sales pitch, and these two “stones in the road” blossom into roadside saints. The sort who eventually find love among the turquoise tiles of a saloon lavatory. Co-written and directed by Cecelia Atán and Valeria Pivato, this is one of the great screen romances in recent memory. 2017.