Both deleted sections of the film belong to the storyline of 'Valentina' played by the wonderful Julieth Restrepo.
Unfortunately, Valentina's was a 3rd storyline which was ultimately incongruous with the 2 major narratives: Marilyn in LA and Jason in Bogotá.
Like everything in art, there is an evolution which takes place during the edit. The narrative almost determines for you, that which is necessary and that which you must discard. Sadly (and it is in no way a reflection of the tremendous work that we achieved) the story of Valentina merely diluted the power of the film, both in narrative and theme. It was distracting to have to watch her story -- particularly because our investment with her was not nearly so well fortified as the other two stories. No matter how I tried to integrate Valentina...it was always at odds with the inherent form the film seemed to desire.
This was my first movie. I made many mistakes. This was one of the most painful things for me to shed. Particularly because some of the greatest performances and haunting visuals were accomplished is these passages of the work. But you have to be absolutely mercenary during the editing process. There's a necessary brutality that must supersede anything egotistical. You are at the mercy of the story.
Valentina and her drunk mother. Putting her to bed and making the decision to head out into the night, where she gets involved in a transaction that almost gets her into some terrible danger (See 2nd Passage).
This is a basic glimpse into the world of Valentina. In another scene (not displayed here) we learn the mother has stolen and squandered Valentina's savings on booze and gambling. Valentina is (quite rightly) terrified that she won't be able to afford either her tuition, or her school expenses. She has to find another way. Even if it's a quick and potentially hazardous fix...
I wanted to juxtapose the images of Marilyn in LA putting Julian to bed with Valentina doing the same thing with her mother -- for obvious reasons. I am fascinated by innocence and that sometimes innocence can be a luxury... In the case of Valentina, there's a rather blatant role-reversal, where a child is burdened with parenting the parent... and left with the duty of not only enduring the damage caused by her mother, but finding any method of solution in the aftermath of her recklessness.