El Norte

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Sensitively written, skillfully directed, and powerfully portrayed, El Norte wrings deeply affecting drama from intractable real-life issues.

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When a group of Mayan Indians decides to organize a labor union to improve conditions in their village, their community is violently destroyed by the Guatemalan army. Teenage siblings, Rosa (Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez) and Enrique (David Villalpando) manage to escape the massacre and decide to start a new life in El Norte -- the USA. The two trek through Mexico, meeting a variety of characters and facing trials and tribulations on their journey toward lives as illegal immigrants in Los Angeles.

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Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
Rosa Xuncax
David Villalpando
Enrique Xuncax
The Folkloristas
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Malecio Martinez
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Linda O'Brien
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Emil Richards
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Critic Reviews for El Norte

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Audience Reviews for El Norte

  • Apr 30, 2011
    I'm sort of embarrassed that I like this so much, especially the part when it devolves into a horror story because of THE MICE OH MY GOD THE MICE, but I don't know - it's also kind of charming in its own simple way.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2009
    Picked it up at the library,Tried to watch it but got bored so I took it back.Seen it at the library again & decided to give it another chance & Im so glad I did.A great movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2008
    Brother and sister from Guatemala decide to seek refuge in the U.S. That's the first part. The second half details their life in that magical city in "the north" called Los Angeles. The last shot is heartbreaking. Well plotted film deservedly won an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2008
    Depressingly good times.
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