Buen Día, Ramón aka Guten Tag, Ramón (Good Day, Ramón) is a heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work and support his family, then ends up stranded without shelter or money. Yet in the midst of all this, he finds true friendship.
The film is full of wonderful characters, thanks to writer/director/producer Jorge Ramírez-Suárez. “I’ve lived in Germany for a long time, and I wanted to portray both countries in a positive light,” Jorge said. “Germans have been shown as villains in so many movies; the friendships these characters develop is a mirror of what I have seen as a foreigner in Germany.”
There are some wonderful performances in the film, especially by Kristyan Ferrer in his first lead role. The nineteen-year-old has been acting since he was six in film and theater. His expressions are just fantastic. His scenes with veteran German actress Ingeborg Schöner just make you want more. For Ferrer, “the dinner scene where my character Ramón and Ingeborg’s Ruth are talking about their lives—he in Spanish and she in German—was very touching and has stayed with me.”
The collaboration between Mexico and Germany was quite an experience for all involved.
Buen Día Ramón was Mexico’s box office hit of 2013 and across Latin America. I like it so much that I think it could have been an Oscar contender.
I’ve seen seven new films already for the year and I count this one as one of my top three. The film also stars Héctor Kotsifakis, Arcelia Ramírez, Adriana Barraza, Franziska Kruse and Rüdiger Evers.
In a limited release now in the U.S.A. and will open wide across the country in a few weeks.