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
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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