'Indio' Fernandez directs Meche Carreno
Mexican title: LA CHOCA [Choca]
also known as THE SHOCK
director: Emilio Fernandez (Emilio 'Indio' Fernandez)
starring: Meche Carreno (Mercedes Carreno) · Gregorio Casal ·
Pilar Pellicer · Armando Silvestre
in the savage Oaxaca jungle, here is the story of a misfit family destroyed
by the destructive power of passionate lust and explosive violence.
Martin lives in a remote cabin with his wife Choca and their young boy.
His sister Flor also lives there along with his father. Martin joins
a group of smugglers to take drugs across the border but then he accepts
a bribe from the federal police and sets a trap for his gang. The betrayal
results in numerous deaths and the complete loss of the cargo. The surviving
gang members decide to take revenge against Martin and his family. They
raid the cabin and prepare to attack Martin when he come home. Soon,
all hell breaks out, resulting in an avalanche of murder, rape and carnage.
Emilio "Indio" Fernandez, best known Internationally for his
role of Gen. Mapache in Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch (1969),
was an award-winning Mexican actor and director, responsible for
80+ films in 50 years. Many international critics honored him as that
country's best filmmaker. He
won the Best Director Award for this movie at the 1975 Academia Mexicana
de Artesy y Ciencias Cinematograpficasin [Mexico's Academy Awards].
The film also won Best Picture plus best acting awards for both Pilar
Pellicer and Meche Carreno.
[Meche] Carreno was a controversial top-tier Mexican actress throughout
the '70s and '80s, never shying away from 'dangerous' roles as demonstrated
by her 1971 breakout film BLOOD
ENEMY. Her official first project was SANTO
VS BARON BRAKOLA (1967); Miss Carreno
retired after El Día de las Sirvientas [Day of
the Servants] in 1989.