Sent Luis an email that we shoot the first interior Asunción-Señora Bustamente scene tomorrow and the first scene in which they appear together alone — personally I can’t wait!
Technically, it won’t be complicated. It will be shot in a very large bedroom — lots of physical space in which to maneuver, lots of natural light. It is physical for Erika Ancona who plays Asunción, in as much as she moves about the king sized bed, making it up, etc.
The real content of the scene of course contains the information that Asunción, who is employed as a maid in the guest house, being talked to by her employer Señora Bustamente, is actually the Señora’s niece.
The Señora is having a sentimental moment and is suddenly willing to talk to Asunción like family, because no guests are around. Asunción is having none of it and is not interested in being warned off Eddie, our increasingly dangerous Texan, or in being told she should have given up her illegitimate daughter for adoption, especially by U.S. couples who only come to Mexico to adopt.
Between all that and her aunt’s comments about dark skin, the politics of the scene are interesting, and I look forward to seeing how Erika Ancona and Concepcíon Léon Mora handle the material. They are both powerful and dignified actresses.
Concepcíon Léon Mora in a still from the scene