Based on the true story of Eva Peron, a legendary political activist and singer, Matando Cabos II: La Mascara de Serra is based on the real life circumstances of the great lady. She was born in Argentina and through her early life she experienced various hardships and changes. She was arrested multiple times during her life including being tortured while still a young girl by the dictatorship. She was married three times and divorced once. She had one son and two daughters.
Eva was an outspoken critic of the Chileans conduct during the 1976 Santiago trial. She spoke out for her father, Chileans who were arrested and later executed. She supported the rights of her people to have a say in their political future. Her son suffered a terrible loss when he was killed in the earthquake that devastated the country. She went on to have three more children and later suffered strokes and kidney problems.
Eva became confined to her home as a result of her debilitating illness. She contracted infections and bone fractures during this time. It was at this point that her views on politics began to change. She began to see what could be done for her family. Eventually, she managed to get herself, her son, and her husband out of the country. She took with her a great friend named Mercedes Arellano.
Matando Cabos II is a romantic story about a woman leaving her family and country to make a better life for herself and to work on changing the political landscape of her homeland. It chronicles her transformation from an idealistic youngster who only wanted the better for her family and to be a working mother who still believes in the sanctity of human life. This film showcases her acting abilities as she displays the depths of her character's character as she takes on these changes and transforms. The film portrays her changed emotions as well as how her personal and political beliefs play out throughout the course of the movie.
The movie does suffer from some slow pacing. It becomes tedious and boring to watch as events happen one after another. However, the pace picks up near the end and offers a stronger climax than what we have had up to this point. I don't want to give too much away, but you will be surprised with what happens in the last half hour or so of the movie.
All in all, Matando Cabos is an excellent choice for any film noir. It is a complex and emotional story about a woman who tries to live up to her family's expectations and values even when it becomes impossible for her to do so. It is an intelligent movie that keeps you guessing until the very end. If you like dramas that are slow paced and full of mystery, then this is definitely a movie worth seeing.