Watch: The Cast of Bardo Discusses Playing a Family
At the heart of Bardo, the false chronicle of a handful of truths, the latest from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is journalist and filmmaker Silvario (Daniel Giménez Cacho), his wife (Griselda Siciliani) and their two teenagers (Ximena Lamadrid and Iker Sanchez Solano). And the four actors were so convincing as a family that, during a trip to the restaurant at the end of filming, their server assumed that they really were.
It was, as Gimenez Cacho tells Yahoo UK, the result of working closely with her co-stars to create that all-important family dynamic.
“We were all together on a farm, isolated from our own families, and we spent a lot of time rehearsing scenes, getting to know each other,” he recalls. “It was very important for us, to get to know each other, how we all related to each other.”
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So when they went out to dinner together, the inevitable happened. “We behaved like a family and the waiter took us for one. It was just natural. »
Ladmadrid and Sanchez Solano have had even more time to develop their sibling roles. They were neighbors in Mexico City. “I don’t know if they did it on purpose, but they rented me a place in front of Ximena’s apartment,” Sanchez Solano said. “So I was his neighbor all the time and we spent a lot of time together.”
Both were also able to draw on their own family connections to prepare for their roles. Sanchez Solano has brothers, while Lamadrid, like his character in the film, has a younger brother.
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“We are two years apart and we are very close. It was really special and I was able to draw a lot from my relationship with my mom, my dad and my brother for this character, so it was easy.
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It was equally important for Gimenez Cacho and Siciliani to find common ground by playing parents. For Siciliani, the trust between them developed quickly. “When you meet your colleague, you instantly know what kind of partner you’ll be working with and whether you can trust them and go with the flow when you take action,” she said, through an interpreter.
“Daniel and I had this immediate intuition. I knew I could trust him.”
Bardo is a journey through the memories and experiences of Silvario, reflecting on his successful career and family life in an attempt to come to terms with his past, present and identity as a Mexican. This is Alejandro Inarritu’s first film in seven years, after the multi-award winning The Revenant.
Mexican actor Gimenez Cacho is probably best known to British audiences as the narrator in Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien, while Argentinian Siciliani was in the award-winning Spanish comedy The People Upstairs (2020). Both Lamadrid and Sanchez Solano are making their film debuts.
Bardo, a false chronicle of a handful of truths is released on Netflix on December 16.