“Llorando” by Rebekah Del Rio is an a cappella Spanish-language cover of the Roy Orbison song “Crying.”
I just watched the movie Mulholland Drive for the first time and Del Rio’s performance might be my favorite scene from any movie, maybe ever. Mulholland Drive has been around for a while, but for those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s one of the weirdest, creepiest movies out there, but many critics also view it as a great movie. With most movies, you can basically assume all the characters are literal people and follow a plot that makes logical sense and flows in more or less chronological order. Not this one. About two thirds of the way through, the two main characters disappear from the movie but the actresses who play them (Naomi Watts and Laura Harring) come back as different characters. There are a lot of theories about what it means; maybe the first part is like a dream had by Naomi’s character in the final part. I don’t know. I can’t decide if this movie kind of sucks or if it’s one of my favorites, but I can’t stop thinking about it.
This song is from almost two thirds of the way through the movie, where the two main characters, Betty and Rita, have gotten up at 2am to go to this strange theater called Club Silencio, where “no hay banda” (there is no band). It is all a tape recording. After the creepy master of ceremonies does his thing and leaves, the singer comes out and begins to sing. Betty and Rita are sitting together in the audience, having become romantically involved earlier that night.
Here’s a live performance by Roy Orbison of the original song. It’s still a great song, and has rightfully been covered many times, but I don’t like his version as much.