Here and There (2013)
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Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US, and struggles to rebuild his family and follow his dream of starting a band: the Copa Kings. (c) Official Site
Jan 18, 2013 Limited
Independent Pictures - Official Site
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Esparza's working with untrained actors and at times they stumble haltingly through scenes, seemingly grasping for lines and straining for reactions. But there are also moments when it seems as if life itself is being captured.
By the end it achieves a poignant, impassioned tone reminiscent of classic neorealism.
Esparza's cast of unknowns is so fresh and raw that the drama could be mistaken for a documentary if the camera work weren't so controlled ...
Award-winning examination of migrant labor would have worked better as a documentary.
If the intent was to keep the characters here just as anonymous as most migrant workers are to prosperous people in the United States, it succeeds: Pedro and his family remain mere sketches.
Set in a village in (Mexico), the slow, thoughtful and absorbing portrait of a working-class family whose father has just returned from being an undocumented worker in New York, Aquí y Allá puts a face ... on the immigration debate.
'Here and There/Aquí y allá' does not consider politics, border polemics, cartels or global recession but, rather, is an unshrill rumination on family, love and hope.
An understated but effective study of the problems faced by an "illegal" returning to his village in Mexico and an implicit argument against the brutality of North American nativism, under both Bush and Obama.
An excessively formalistic approach does Antonio Méndez Esparza little favours in his bloated, flavourless feature debut.
A spiritual drama that puts two faces on Mexican poverty and then makes it possible for us to see these characters as our brother and sister rather than as strangers.
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