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From the very first moments of El Norte, we know that we are in the hands of a great movie.
It is beautifully lensed and comes across as a kind of giant Renaissance canvas.
El Norte is not exactly a great film, but it's a very good one that, through the devices of fiction, manages to provoke a number of healthily contradictory feelings about the world we all inhabit at the moment.
Though his subject is a serious one and his intentions are apparently noble, Nava has made a film that is essentially indistinguishable from Love Story.
It's heartening to see this non-Hollywood production finding a solid niche in the commercial movie circuit.
Splendid on nearly every level.
A sobering glimpse of reality, that's also an irresistibly involving drama.
The result is a disturbing movie about hope and disappointment.
Good intentions arent enough to compensate for bad editing, acting and writing.
In El Norte's defense, it does not, unlike those contemporary films, filter its view of an ethnic subculture through the eyes of a white protagonist.
On the surface El Norte is the essence of simplicity. But in 1983, the simple story was both news to many and history to many others finally seeing their story depicted on screen on their terms. [Blu-ray]
the definitive portrait of the experience of undocumented Latin-American workers in the United States
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.
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.
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