A Roundtable Interview With Patricia Riggen
Director of ďUnder The Same MoonĒ
PR: Itís like growing tomatoes. You never know how theyíre going to look until they come out. I never know how people are going to respond to my movie until they see it.
Outlook: How did you decide on who was going to play Carlitos?
read an interview of his in a political magazine in
Outlook: How did you find Enrique?
happens to be the famous comedian of
Outlook: I think your casting of Kate worked out well, also. Sheís not super-glamorous, but she was very believable in that role.
wasnít a challenge for me to work with her, because sheís very
good, sheís very natural, but itís still a challenge of
perception, because she comes from soap opera in
Outlook: Well, and since she wasnít, say, Penelope Cruz, we could believe that she really was in that situation, rather than an actress playing a part.
PR: I do something even worse. When they pick them up in the van, thatís like a really famous group. Thatís like the Rolling Stones of Mexico. So the challenge was how to make these characters fit into these roles, and still be themselves.
Outlook: That was a nice scene.
I think they will buy that scene in
Outlook: I think that scene at the end, where Eugenio sacrifices himself for the sake of the boy, was very touching.
Outlook: It set up the reunion scene between the boy and his mother, which could have been very sappy, and it was, but it worked.
PR: (laughs) Critics have hearts, too. The first screening, the audience just cheered, but then the studio wanted to see it, so the second screening was just industry people. It was horrendous. It was the worst screening of my life. Nobody was crying, nobody was laughing, there was no energy, it was horrible. And I thought, ďIím dead.Ē But it was the industry people pretending that they werenít affected, like poker players. But then they all ran to buy it. They just didnít want to show anybody else they cared.
Outlook: Is it fair to say that you want to instill an emotional response in your audience?
PR: Thatís what I do. Thatís what I do in my work. I love that. I like to create emotions, not from sadness, not from making a depressing film where the kid has cancer and dies. I donít like that. I like to create emotion from joy.
Outlook: You met the author, and liked her script?
PR: She saw my documentary (ďFamily PortraitsĒ), and liked it, and she sent me the script. It was a first draft, but I thought it was very powerful.
Outlook: How about the jokes about Schwarzenegger on the bus?
PR: (laughs) I was very careful with that, because you know, Iím Mexican, and I donít want to be deported.
PR: No, I didnít want to be disrespectful, but thatís what theyíre listening to. Thatís a real DJ, and thatís what they listen to at , because they have to take three buses and two trains, to get to