Here and There (2013)
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Esparza's working with untrained actors and at times they stumble haltingly through scenes, seemingly grasping for lines and straining for reactions. But there are also moments when it seems as if life itself is being captured.
By the end it achieves a poignant, impassioned tone reminiscent of classic neorealism.
Set in a village in (Mexico), the slow, thoughtful and absorbing portrait of a working-class family whose father has just returned from being an undocumented worker in New York, Aquí y Allá puts a face ... on the immigration debate.
Esparza's cast of unknowns is so fresh and raw that the drama could be mistaken for a documentary if the camera work weren't so controlled ...
Award-winning examination of migrant labor would have worked better as a documentary.
Audience Reviews for Here and There
For the humanistic viewer this is a great film for looking into the lives of the illegal mexican immigrant.
This is a slice of life film that follows a father returning to mexico and his family in the hopes that he can start a band with the money he earned in New York. From the beginning of the film you can see the scars that his absence has left of the family. To the wife that believes he's been unfaithful to the older daughter who distances herself from him and doesn't care about school.
This is a slow heart wrenching film about a family that tries to stay together under the hardships of a poor 3rd world country.
Everything about this film feels authentic and although it doesn't really follow the stereotypic rise and fall of plot points, Aqui Y Alla is rare film that tells the true story of the torn immigrant families.
The ending is a bit sudden but I think that's what the director had in mind. One day he's here and you think everything is going right, but underneath the surface your parents are hiding heavy responsibilities that are impossible to communicate to a child.
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