Manolo Caro Travels to His Childhood with Down The Rabbit Hole

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In his latest film, “Down The Rabbit Hole,” Manolo Caro delves into the intricate bond between a father and his son, who lives confined in a house shielded from the harsh realities of the outside world.

In an interview with El Sol de México, the director discussed how this project prompted him to reflect on difficult memories from his own past. He revisited moments from his childhood and adolescence when he came to realize that his parents, like everyone else, had their flaws and vulnerabilities.

Manolo Caro Shares His Experience

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“I’m not sure what it is about the novel, but when I finished reading it, I couldn’t help but cry and relate to the common notion we have about our fathers being like superheroes and our mothers being the best,” he expressed.

“Then life comes along and shatters that idealized image, and you realize that they’re just human beings who make mistakes and sometimes do the right things. It’s when you grasp this reality that you truly start to grow as a person,” added the director.

Caro emphasized the importance of preserving traditional music throughout the film, as it serves as a vital aspect of the country’s cultural identity. He highlighted a deep respect for banda music, praising its lyrical richness. “I believe that over time, we’ve simplified and overlooked many things that were more captivating back in the 90s, which is the era depicted in the film,” Caro stated.

Protecting The Children

This story revolves around “Tochtli,” played by Miguel Valverde, a boy born into a family involved in drug trafficking, who only had limited contact with the world outside.

Caro emphasized the dangers of isolating a child completely for protection, noting the complexity of introducing them to the realities of life. Raúl Briones, who eagerly wanted to collaborate with Manolo Caro, highlighted how the script also sheds light on patriarchal structures in violent contexts like the one depicted in the film. He stressed the importance of understanding “Yolcaut’s” attempt to create a protective bubble, driven by his beliefs about what it means to be a man and a provider for his family.

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