Amexicano

2007

Amexicano

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A man with little positive to say about illegal immigrants finds himself working with one in this comedy drama from director Matthew Bonifacio. Bruno (Carmine Famiglietti) is an Italian-American guy who lives in Queens, NY, and has lost his job. While Bruno has been looking for work, a steady job has been hard to find, and with his unemployment running out, he needs to start making some money. Someone arranges for Bruno to do some temporary work in landscaping and household construction, and he finds himself working alongside some of the Hispanic day laborers who wait every morning on Northern Boulevard looking for work. Bruno is not the most open-minded guy on Earth and initially bristles at the prospect of sharing the workspace with illegal aliens, but after a few days working with Ignacio (Raúl Castillo), the two strike up a rapport, even though Bruno can't speak Spanish and Ignacio knows no English. Bruno develops a genuine respect and admiration for Ignacio and his wife, Gabriela (Jennifer Peña), through their hard work and determination to improve their lives, but their legal status ensures their story will not end well. Amexicano was screened as part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Amexicano

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  • [An] assured new feature from director Matthew Bonifacio.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Realistic performances and genuine emotions make Matthew Bonifacio's quiet charmer Amexicano much more than just another preachy treatise on illegal immigration.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • This low-key tale of an improbable friendship between an out-of-work Italian-American and a young Mexican illegal alien in Queens maintains an engaging, even keel through bumpy tonal shifts that would derail most indie outings.

    Sep 17, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • the biggest hazard the characters face is not the migra or the desert, but inept writing and, with the exception of Castillo's tender and earnest Ignacio, the cast's flat, amateurish performances.

    Sep 17, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Monika Fabian

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Culminates in a tableau that seems to sigh in rumination upon a lost America, land of immigrants.

    Sep 17, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Amexicano won't shake the world. It's too uneven for that. But it certainly has value, sending a puff of strange, mild - but fresh - wind out into the atmosphere.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Amexicano

  • Nov 13, 2009
    I really liked Amexicano from the start & I guess I was hoping for some feel good type movie & thats the way it started but I didnt get the ending I was hoping for.It is a feel good movie but there's some sadness in there as well.I loved the movie & I would've rated it higher but the ending screwed it for me.I just wished the ending would have turned out the way I wanted it to
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2007
    I'm not happy with all the illegal immigrants in this country. Still, I found myself rooting for Ignacio.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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