« The focus, as in any documentary, changes as you carry it out, » says Kareem Tabsch, the director of Much, Much Love. Although initially, he and co-director Cristina Constantini sought to deepen the perception of fraud and deception felt by those skeptics of astrology regarding the work of Walter Mercado, the course changed radically. Finally, it ended up being a tribute to his career as an astrologer and to the message of love and peace that he spread throughout his life.
The documentary begins by exploring anecdotes from his childhood and the origin of his interest in astrology, tarot and hand reading. He takes us into his home and makes us feel that we are breaking into the intimacy of Walter Mercado. It does not give us the feeling of seeing the same celebrity who was more than 40 years in front of the screen of millions of Latin American families.
The expectation is triggered when the astrologer confesses that he has suffered a lot and that he wants to tell the story. However, seconds later an extensive semblance begins on his life that does not answer us about that difficulty he referred to at the beginning. It seemed to be a key element if one considers that the creators of the documentary sought to avoid the vain and happy personality of Walter, who always sought to project in public, to publicize the stumbling blocks and cracks behind the cape.
The documentary is divided into titled and animated chapters with tarot card names. This is probably one of the most creative elements of the documentary, since they related some of the meanings of the letters with stages in Walter’s life. Throughout the film, they reveal events that were once scandalous and vastly documented, such as the legal dispute over the rights to his name and brand with Bill Baluka, a former astrologer manager.
Both this legal argument, the subject of homophobia by those who imitated him and ridiculed him, as well as the perception of deception by non-believers in tarot and astrology, were barely mentioned in the documentary, even though they were momentary moments in Walter’s life. Market.
After listening to the testimonies of Walter’s family and friends, as well as analyzing his peaceful reaction to uncomfortable or painful situations in his life, the documentary begins to convey a certain empathy for the astrologer. It is emotional, but it seems that the documentary stayed in the middle of the risky path that would show the unknown side of a celebrity as adored as the Pope himself.
Undoubtedly, faced with the difficulty of finding answers on sexuality issues or his adversaries –those who considered him a swindler–, Mucho, mucho amor, makes a valuable archival exhibition and an emotional tribute.
Original title: Much, much love
Release date:July 09, 2020 (MX)
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Susana Guzmán De la O Writing and cinema are my greatest loves. I admire Tarkovski, but cry every time I see Up.