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The mexican christmas movies They are not a novelty within the national cinema. The influence of this festival has also been reflected in our seventh art. New films, and some not so much, that take advantage of the Christmas to have it as the main axis in the plot, others to treat it from different perspectives, such as life in a neighborhood or a criticism of climate change, and even others that only touch on the subject on top of it.

On the occasion of this date, we present to you The list of the Mexican Christmas movies that you cannot miss this year:

7

The Caifans (1967)

Although this film does not talk about Christmas at any time, at different times in history, we can realize that it is set during the December holidays. The traditional festive lights of the Plinth of Mexico City (then Federal District) and its legend of “Happy 1966”as well as drunken Santa Claus (played by Carlos Monsiváis) that interrupts them during their stay in the taco shop, are more than enough indicators.

The story tells us about the adventures that live in one night Pigeon (Julissa) and the architect Jaime de Landa (Enrique Álvarez), an upper-class couple, after they meet at the Captain Cat (Sergio Jimenez) The Styles (Oscar Chavez), The aztec (Ernesto Gomez Cruz) and The Mazacote (Eduardo Lopez Rojas), The Caifans. It is written by Carlos Fuentes and directed by Juan Ibanez.

6

Reliving Christmas (2022)

reliving christmas It’s the smallest member of the Mexican Christmas movie family, but that hasn’t stopped it from being successful. This film leads the list of the most reproduced films in Netflix in these dates.

This tape tells us the story of Chuy (Mauricio Ochman), a man fed up with Christmas because birthday in Good night, so that every year these December celebrations take their celebration to the background. A curse will make him repeat Christmas over and over again until he finds the magic of this day. The film is directed by Mark Alazraki.

5

Pastorella (2011)

This is a Christmas comedy, but with a black humor. The film tells us about the conflicts that arise between a Devil and the new parish priest of a town when mounting the traditional pastorela of the place. It is the confrontation between the values ​​that represent good and those that do the same with evil.

Agent Jesús Juárez (Joaquin Cosio) will do everything possible to play the role of the devil in this interpretation of the birth of Jesus, in which we will even see supernatural events. It is written and directed by Emilio Portes.

4

SA Christmas (2008)

One of the Mexican Christmas movies with social criticism on this list. This is the story of a Santa Claus (Pedro Armendariz Jr.) something different from the stereotype that confronts the global warming and the mutation that Christmas has undergone as a result of consumerismthe lack of social coexistence and the absence of true affection.

This Santa Claus he will have to seek the help of the few children who still believe in him, to save his house, from the imminent flood, and Christmas. The film maintains the clichés of a tape from these dates, but with a criticism of the situation environmental current. It is written and directed by Fernando Rovzar.

3

The Three Wise Men (1976)

This tape is pure history of Mexican cinema, since The three wise men It is the first animated feature film in the history of our seventh art. The heiress of decades and decades of Mexican animation in short productions, tells us the story of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar.

The three wise men will be guided by Belen star to where the virgin mary will give birth to the child Jesusbut on their way they will have to deal with Satanwho appears in the form of Prince Olbaidand will seek to hinder your journey at all costs.

The film began production in 1974although it was released until two years later, it lasts 85 minutes, has the voices of Azucena Rodriguez, Jorge Sánchez Fogarty, José Lavat and Manuel de la Llata. It is written by Emilio Carballido and directed by Fernando Ruiz and Adolfo Torres Portillo.

2

Santa Claus (1959)

We’ve all seen that one meme in which a devil speaks in the ear of a girl or any character. Well, that template comes from this movie. This is not only a classic among Mexican Christmas movies, but it also achieved this status in other areas of the planet such as United States or Italydue to the unusual aesthetics for those years.

It is the story of the annual battle between good and evil in Christmas. Lucifer sends one of his minions to earth, named Priceso that it ruins the mission of love and hope of santa claus in these dates. A group of Mexican children made up of three little misbehaved children, an unhappy rich boy and a low-class girl will be the ones to witness this battle.

The movie has it all and even has moments where it’s set in outer space. It is directed by Rene Cardona and written by himself in conjunction with Adolfo Torres Portillo.

special mentions

holy pilgrims (2004), Guadalupe Reyes (2019), My Child Tizoc (1971), When Mom Comes Back (1961) and A not so cool Christmas (2001).

1

The Paperboy (1951)

This list is headed by a tape that, although it does not speak of the Christmas By all accounts, almost the first half is set in Good night and reflects the values ​​of these dates such as kindness, loyalty and love.

The film tells the story of three orphaned children, Pirrín (ismael perez), Tone (Jaime Calpe) and Juancho (Jaime Jimenez), who are supported by Don Simón (Sunday Soler) and Doña Dominga (Sara Garcia). The three boys, beyond going through life committing crimes and making ‘easy money’, take the path of working, in this case as hawkers or ‘little papers‘.

The young people work for one of the oldest Mexican newspapers with national circulation, and the ‘granny from mexico‘, who is a street food vendor, accompanies them in their bitter life, in an exchange of company to fill the loneliness of the lives of all involved.

The battle between the good and the wrong is seen embodied in the confrontations that our three orphans protagonists will have and a gang of petty criminals who are also spokesmen. Every moment of the film is a good mirror to identify references to the ideas and customs of these dates.

This feature film from the golden age of Mexican cinema mixes heartbreaking drama and simple comedy characteristic of those decades, spices it up with a great cast and serves it in a recognizable environment such as a neighborhood in a Mexico City from almost a century ago, so that we can taste the number one on this list of Unmissable Mexican Christmas movies.



Reliving Christmas and The-List of must-see Mexican Christmas movies