The Book of Life (2014)

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A group of children visiting a museum on 2 November, the Day of the Dead, are told by a mysterious tour guide a story from the Book of Life, a huge, colorful miscellany of Mexican folklore. The story tells of two young men in the town of San Angel, who are in love with beautiful, hard-to-impress animal-lover María. Manolo is from a bullfighting family, but he prefers singing and refuses to kill bulls. Joaquín loves battling bandits and displaying his bravery and medals. A bet on the romantic outcome is made by the otherworldly deities La Muerte (in charge of the happy afterlife Land of the Remembered) and her scheming husband, the grotesque Xibalba (in charge of the sorrowful Land of the Forgotten), with power over humans' peace in the safe hands of La Muerte if Manolo is chosen, but in the clutches of Xibalba if Joaquín is chosen. Xibalba resorts to cheating in this contest and Manolo duly finds himself in an afterlife realm with his ancestors, who then help him in his quest for María's heart.

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