El Norte (1984)
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Critic Reviews for El Norte
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.
Audience Reviews for El Norte
This is a story about a brother and sister who are poor in Mexico. They are Native Americans and because of this they are looked down on by most other Mexicans. After a tragedy the siblings decide to travel north to america. This not only a story about their journey, but also about what they do once in america. A great story, they just want to live their lives with out people treating them like trash. They are hear working and smart. The movie is a tear jerker, very well done and worth watching.
It's predictable and heavy-handed, but the ultimate message of the oppression of the immigrant and the death of the American dream due to our corrupt capitalist system makes "El Norte" required viewing for anyone leaning towards a conservative viewpoint on immigration reform.
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.
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