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Romántico (2006)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 1

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A Mexican troubadour struggling to make a living in San Francisco's mission district travels back across the border to visit his dying mother in filmmaker Mark Becker's unflinching portrait of illegal immigrant Carmelo Sánchez. By day Sánchez washes cars, and by night he moves from restaurant to restaurant playing romantic ballads for tips. But Sánchez isn't alone in America, his best friend Arturo is always by his side. When Sanchez's mother falls ill and he returns to Mexico to be by her side,

Apr 3, 2007

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

... a fine example of how the new technologies enable filmmakers to tell stories hard to capture before.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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There's nothing extraordinary about mariachi singer Carmelo Muńiz Sánchez, and nothing extraordinary about Mark Becker's documentary profile Romántico. At times, that seems to be the point.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Romántico would be nothing if it were just a hard-luck story. The movie is something else: the revelation of a way of life, of a whole area of human experience going on right under our noses -- or standing over our restaurant tables.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Romántico is a quiet, admirable slice-of-life documentary, giving us insight into the human condition without claiming universal knowledge of larger questions involving immigration or family responsibility.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The movie's interests tend more toward the personal than the political. Cultural differences notwithstanding, Sánchez is the archetype of the overachieving dad, sacrificing his present to provide for his family's future.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If this terrific documentary doesn't adjust your idea of what it means to have a hard life and a good attitude, you haven't been paying attention.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It is like a duet in which both men work together to achieve a kind of cinematic harmony, and out of it comes a beautiful recording of the universal struggle that is life.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

A touching and worthwhile experience.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A low-key personal portrait that helps you understand an illegal immigrant's desperate psychology. But mostly, it fills you with an aching empathy for this profoundly decent man, who numbly (even heroically) soldiers on.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Romantico is a very simple film about a very complex problem.

January 30, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This is a simple yet stunning movie, one that proves that romance can take many different forms.

January 30, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The filmmaker has delivered such an insightful look into one man's experience of emigration and homecoming.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

My favorite documentary in well over a year.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Becker's movie is subtle, unsentimental, but heart-rending all the same in its portrait of a kind man's single-minded focus on providing a better life for his children.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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[font=Century Gothic]"Romantico" is a documentary about Carmelo Muniz Sanchez, a 57-year old man, who works as a mariachi with his friend, Arturo, in San Francisco. To make ends meet, they also work in a car wash. Illegally in the United States for the past three years, Carmelo sends money back to his family in Mexico. But he is homesick, and wants to return when he hears that his elderly mother's health is declining.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Romantico" is a sober counterpoint to the hysterical hyperventilating of the anti-immigration movement that has been shameless enough to bring terrorism up in the debate. In a poignant manner, the film puts a sympathetic face to illegal immigration, detailing Carmelo's life on both sides of the border(allowing he and his friends and family to tell their story without any commentary), thus giving very good reasons why a person would emigrate. Ironically, Carmelo is much more able to support his family far away from home. For example, he can earn $100 in a night here in the states while much less in his home country. [/font]
November 10, 2007
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