Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
After months of living in an inner-city homeless shelter, Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo) receives an opportunity to get an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve. When Frank learns that he must first provide proof of employment before taking occupancy, he and his stepson set out to find the job that could become the first step in a whole new life.
as Frank Diaz
as Angela Diaz
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Critic Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
A neorealist glimpse of a father trying to find a job on Christmas Eve, with a magnetic performance by David Castro in the role of his son.
you won't get much out of Where God Left His Shoes other than an appreciation of the fact that you have a home for the holidays.
Although the situation feels slightly contrived... the script is bang on.
With a more organic and imaginative screenplay, Where God Left His Shoes could have been much more emotionally resonating and powerful.
Where God Left His Shoes is a holiday miracle - a gritty tale about homelessness that's neither sappy nor sentimental
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile keeps his affecting story hurtling forward with such grit and integrity it's easy to forgive its loaded setup and occasional lapses in detail and logic.
The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure.
If you could cut all the music from Where God Left His Shoes, you might actually have a solid family drama.
This film needs more than God's Nikes to resonate with an already economically downtrodden filmgoing populace.
Stabile, a Brooklyn native with a resume in TV production, knows how to line up a permit and scout out perfect South Brooklyn Italian manors and melancholic intersections. He gets interesting scenes, too.
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish.
Audience Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
John Leguizamo and David Castro bring POWER to their roles as father and step-son. I have always enjoyed John Leguizamo's acting, but this role soon John is forgotten and he is Frank Diaz. David Castro turns on the crocodile tears in one seen that marks this kid for great things to come! John and David show they can handle the roles and I hope to see more of both in the future... both should be Oscar bound! The ending is so not Hollywood and it is what makes me love this movie even more!! One review below says it better than I can, "it does not pour on the saccharine", thanks Peter Gula... that is a great way to express this movie.More
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