Director – Robert Towne
Year – 2006
Well that was dull. Some story about a writer but I pretty much lost interest early on.
The story is set during the Great Depression, specifically around the time of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
The film is based on the book Ask the Dust by John Fante.
Camilla (Salma Hayek) is a fiery, beautiful Mexican café waitress who aspires one day to be above her current standing in society, to make something of herself, to give her and her future children a place and chance in the world. Arturo (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer who comes to Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill area to start his writing career.
Though he falls in love with Camilla, he does not marry her. Later, Camilla is infected by tuberculosis and leaves Arturo without informing him. When Arturo finds her, she is about to die and he promises to marry her, but Camilla dies and Arturo writes a novel dedicated to Camilla.
Arturo writes a dedication in one of his books to her and throws it into the sand.