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Sangre De Mi Sangre (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 9

This suspenseful Mexican drama portrays the immigrant experience with grit and poignancy.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 6

This suspenseful Mexican drama portrays the immigrant experience with grit and poignancy.

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Writer/director Christopher Zalla authored and helms the contemporary post-noir thriller Blood of My Blood. The film concerns Juan, a ruthless and conniving ex-career criminal who tries to escape his past by hopping a truck transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to the Big Apple. Over the course of his journey, Juan meets and befriends Pedro, a sweet but illiterate Puebla native -- long-estranged from his father, Diego -- who harbors a strong desire to make contact with his dad and holds a

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Christopher Zalla, a graduate of the film program at Columbia University, makes an impressive debut with this suspense feature about illegal immigrants and stolen identity.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[Director Christopher] Zalla may have provided his characters with a overly constructed tragedy, but his eye for city life and his seeming gift with actors promises astute, generous work to come.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Stumbles through a maddening screenplay but nevertheless generates true emotional energy.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director Christopher] Zalla keeps the tension high through a taut story rather than through manipulative, obtrusive thriller direction.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Plot flaws and all, we can be glad that the picture was made -- because of its acting.

May 27, 2008
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Shot mainly in New York's meanest, murkiest streets, Sangre de Mi Sangre, is intricately and imaginatively structured, building to a powerful climax of complex irony.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Eventually, of course, all the characters will have to collide for a final reckoning, but that moment strains credulity to the breaking point and sabotages the entire enterprise

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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It's the relationships between the characters, layered and emotional, that saves Sangre from itself.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

There's nothing easy about Christopher Zalla's very good film, a story that will get under your skin in its depiction of the dark underbelly of the American dream.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

A moving story combined with first rate acting and a great screenplay by a new, but determined, writer/director make this an indie film not to be missed. Modern film noir from the streets of Mexico to the streets of America.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Zalla utilizes both the dark back streets of New York and the dark nature of some humans to weave an intoxicating tale of stolen identity and pilfered emotions.

June 12, 2008

Zalla wants to know the point where boys become cynics, men become vultures, and the hardened become vulnerable.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Sangre De Mi Sangre could have done without a few plot coincidences and the film's relentless mean street look seems studied at times. But the film's behavioral honesty pumps vibrant, undeniable life through every frame.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Stands out from the recent wave of movies about the plight of immigrants coming to the United States...because it's more suspenseful than heart-tugging.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A gritty and poignant Mexican drama about the search for family.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Sangre De Mi Sangre

After his identity is stolen, a Mexican immigrant struggles to find his long-lost father.
Telling a story from the perspective of Mexican immigrants and the harsh realities they face making a life, working illegally in the U.S., makes for a strong concept. The politics of the story are just as compelling as the remarkable performances by all four of the lead actors. Jorge Adrian Espindola, especially, brings a vulnerability to a character who essentially serves as the film's villain, and Jesus Ochoa's turn as Diego is almost inspiring.
The film's conclusion is doubtlessly unsatisfying. Most of the film built up a powder keg, but the failure of all the stories colliding made the conclusion fizzle.
Overall, director Christopher Zalla pulled together two acts of very good filmmaking with excellent performances carrying the weight.
January 10, 2013
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This was a good movie, but pretty unsatisfying.

The movie is basically about how Juan (an illegal immigrant) goes to New York and steals the belongings of another immigrant named Pedro, and tries to steal his identity.

The opening scene was of Juan running away from other people who looked like they wanted to beat him up. You didn't know what he was running from, or why. Then he hops aboard a truck to New York and meets Pedro who is going to New York to see his estranged father.

I can't say if the entire movie was realistic or not. I guess it could be, but it seems pretty unlikely. Anyway, I really liked the entire concept of the movie. Juan is trying to pull another scam, while Pedro is left searching the streets for his father.

The only thing I really hated was the ending. It ended to fast. There wasn't any closure. What happened to the characters? It seemed like the movie ended just like it had started. Juan was still a scammer, Pedro (if he was even still alive) was still looking for his dad and the girl was still a druggie. I would've liked it if Pedro had met his dad-- isn't that what we've been waiting for this whole time? I do like how the movie ended with Juan running away, which is how the movie started. I thought that was clever and gave a little insight into Juan's future. He will probably always be a con artist, especially if he has gotten away with it twice already with lots of cash to show for it. I didn't like that aspect of it. I wish Juan would've gotten caught or learned a lesson of some sort. I don't think he did. I also would've liked the climax to be more climactic. You know? As soon as Juan and Pedro see each other for the first time since arriving to New York, we only see a glimpse of their interaction! Where's the fight?! We don't see it! That's a load of bullshit. Building up to absolutely nothing. OMG.

I'm complaining a lot, but it was a good movie. The execution was excellent and the storyline was awesome. I just wished it had worked out better.
March 19, 2012
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I hate when Americans do this type of movies and try to label them "Mexican", especially when it's such crap.

An immigrant movie in which is really easy to not sympathize with the terrible characters. Basically, every character in this film is either an asshole or impossibly stupid. And then you got "Magda", one of the most unlikable people ever to be put on screen. She's supposed to be, but it was definitely too much. Besides, who talks like that?

SANGRE DE MI SANGRE, or PADRE NUESTRO, had a good concept but it was lost to poor writing and the awful cast. The fact that actors like Jesús Ochoa, Ernesto Derbez and Armando Hernández still get parts puzzles me.

I don't see this film appealing to any Latin filmgoer, or at least Mexicans. The only good thing about this film is its interesting, minimalist score.
January 8, 2009
"Sangre de mi sangre" is so open-ended and it leaves so many questions unanswered that anyone who watches it is guaranteed to feel unsatisfied after it's over. It might have been quite a cinematic achievement if its screenplay wasn't so uncompromising and frustrating and ambiguous, but it isn't. However, what does make it a somewhat rewarding experience are the performances from Jesus Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Paola Mendoza and Jorge Adrian Espindola, all of whom I am unfamiliar with. Writer/director Christopher Zalla doesn't paint a pretty picture of New York or the human race with his gritty, grimy depiction of the city and its inhabitants. "Sangre de mi sangre" is a maddening film because of how it refuses to give us what we want, but I can't dismiss it as just another indie effort.
July 12, 2013
Stephen Earnest

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