Gun Hill Road (2011)
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After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole
Aug 5, 2011 Limited
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Gun Hill Road is shot through with performances at once intense and relaxed.
Feels like it's been workshopped, from its string of coincidences to its tidy downbeat conclusion in which Green stabs at irony with a dull knife.
Before some predictable, freedom-threatening recidivism on Enrique's part, the film exhibits a simultaneously anthropological and sensitive interest in Michael's day-to-day life...
In writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's assured hands, "Gun Hill Road" manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time.
A coiled feeling hangs over writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's assured, engrossing feature film debut.
Though the story follows a familiar trajectory, Gun Hill Road offers a lot of fresh insight into the day-to-day transgender experience.
A film that might have an afterschool special feel, but compensates for it somewhat with mood and intensity.
It's most powerful in its quiet moments that deal with the familial dynamics of a family torn apart by incarceration.
A moving and enlightening exploration of the conflicts between identity, desire, cultural expectations, and family ties.
Marked by an engaging and grounded turn from Harmony Santana, but lacking narrative originality, and seemingly constructed in moralizing fashion to pull dramatic levers and kick-start off-screen dialogues.
Keep an eye on Green, as he knows how to write dialogue, gets the most out of his actors and makes a most promising debut.
It's hokey at times - but it also knows how to move you on a personal level.
Despite the characters and grittiness of milieu, the overall vibe is that of a soap operatic Afterschool Special.
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