Cowboy del Amor

Rated NR 2006

The thing that's so difficult about this richly layered documentary is the same thing that makes it an accomplished work: It refuses to take sides. Israeli filmmaker Michèle Ohayon introduces us to Ivan Thompson, a.k.a. "Cowboy Cupid," an aging Texan who has made it his business to fix up American men with Mexican women for quick-and-easy marriages. She takes us into his zany, sexist, adolescent, damaged, and hilarious consciousness long enough to tease out some charm -- and he is quite a character. Weathered and lean in aviator glasses, Thompson swears by the kind of cowboy logic we're used to seeing mocked, comparing women to horses and romance to an economic transaction. Of his first wife: "She spoke perfect English, and I never could understand her." At the same time, Ohayon introduces us to the Mexican women who answer Thompson's ads, opening up space in the film for their complex feelings, hopes, and dreams. Comedy or tragedy? That's up to you.

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Official Site: cowboydelamor.com

Director: Michele Ohayon

Writer: Michele Ohayon

Producer: Michele Ohayon

Cast: Ivan Thompson

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