In this offbeat romance, a happy-go-lucky actor in Mexico City (Gael García Bernal) is shocked when his wife (Verónica Echegui) abruptly leaves him and even more shocked when their mutual friends are unsurprised. Eventually he learns that she’s enrolled in the famous writers’ workshop at the University of Iowa, and upon arriving in cloistered Iowa City, he finds her having an affair with a poet (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson). Based on José Agustín’s novel Deserted Cities, the narrative pokes fun at the concept of fidelity (specifically the husband’s double standard on the issue) without fully exploring it—a missed opportunity in an otherwise engaging film, exploring the link between honesty and intimacy. In English and subtitled Spanish.