While this isn't an outstanding coming-of-age film, it is a very intelligent story about this boy who loses his religion. I don't mean to say that the movie is strictly anti-religion, it's just a movie that asks questions about it and Antonio's inquisitive nature drives him to understanding the universe and why evil happens in it and why would god allow such terrible things to happen. This might be a question that the religious would try to brush away by saying that he gave us free will and that this is the work of men. And that's a valid point, I would never disagree with that, but at the same time if all of this is god's creation and it's all a part of his divine plan then he should also be held responsible, right? I don't mean to get into a debate about this, I'm just pointing out why Antonio, even at his young age, would be curious about these things and the effect they have on humanity. So, in that regard, I found the movie to actually be quite insightful and intelligent. If there is a problem is that Ultima was the person that made Antonio question all these things, she pretty much sent him on a life-changing experience. Yet, we never got to see much of Antonio's and Ultima's relationship. We got the important bits, but I never really felt as if that was enough to create this bond that will still live on even after Ultima's death. The acting's more than solid, sometimes Luke Ganalon, who plays Antonio, leaves a lot to be desired but he's good overall and Miriam Colon is incredible here because she commands a certain respect that the character of Ultima required, and she's certainly the highlight of the film. The story is strong but not outstanding, I think it's probably a better read than it is a movie. And that's saying something because I thought this film was pretty damn good with a magical charm about it. It asks some interesting questions and it has a great deal of insight. It's certainly not a perfect film, but it's pretty damn good nonetheless.