Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.
The Amor Fest: Mucho Mucho Amor
We have to confess: we’d never heard of Walter Mercado, the internationally-famous Spanish language psychic, before the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. That’s where we first caught Mucho Mucho Amor, the documentary biopic of Mercado’s life, and where we fell in love with his unique mix of glamour, camp and positivity. Unlike the charlatan psychics we’re used to here in the US, Mercado’s fortune-telling felt more like life coaching rather than predictions for the future. Maybe that’s why, at his peak, Mercado became a fixture of millions of households in North and South America.
Mucho Mucho Amor delves into Mercado’s life and career, with special mind paid to his flamboyance, and his own gender & sexual fluidity. It also argues that Mercado’s greatest love affair was the one he had with his audience, and even features footage of Mercado hobnobbing with fans just three months before his death. Very funny, tender and always engaging, Mucho Mucho Amor, if nothing else, has the perfect title: we fell in love with Walter Mercado, and have a feeling most viewers will too.
Streams on Netflix.