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As a film, it's uneven and clumsy, but as a responsible political statement about the chaos we live in now, it's both enlightening and troubling.
Depicting the struggles of three undocumented Bronx high school students to avoid deportation, From Nowhere resonates with tender compassion for its characters.
From Nowhere is not a visionary work, and I don't think it aims to be; but it sets a coherent agenda from the get-go and manages to make a credible and disquieting narrative out of that.
It's one thing to read about roundups of suspected illegal immigrants; it's quite another to observe the anxiety of smart, talented teenagers trying to keep their cool while under the watchful gaze of immigration officials and the police.
A somber and affecting independent drama ...
Even at its most mechanistic ... From Nowhere largely avoids preachiness and sanctimony, preferring to wrestle with the real world in all its stubborn complexity.
"From Nowhere" may be all about the difficulty of fitting in, but ultimately, it can't help but stand out.
Director Matthew Newton delivers an earnest drama that's more about its highly relevant message than its technique.
Even at its bluntest, most didactic, and sorely predictable, From Nowhere will likely move and outrage even the stoniest of the individuals.
What it lacks in technical polish, the film compensates with heartfelt performances and gritty insight into its characters.
This well-written drama provides an urgently human face to the victims of an ever-growing national debate.
Done right, this story about three Bronx high school students whose futures are in jeopardy because of their undocumented immigration status could have been powerful and necessary. The film itself, unfortunately, falls short.
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