The animated film Coco centers on Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a youth who dreams of becoming a celebrated musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Through a mysterious series of events, Miguel travels through the Land of the Dead where he meets a trickster named Héctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) who helps him uncover Miguel’s family history.
“There’s nothing like the communal, collective aspect of watching a movie,” said Bernal about the film which celebrates Dia de los Muertos. “I cannot stress enough the importance of that and especially when we are seeing something about traditions of humanity. This is a tradition that is not exclusive to Mexico. In a way it is the color, it is the tone, it is the music of Mexico, but it is something completely universal. I think it is important to see it with a full audience to hear the laughs the sobbings.”
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Coco opens nationwide Wednesday, November 22.