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Here and There Reviews

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Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
An excessively formalistic approach does Antonio Méndez Esparza little favours in his bloated, flavourless feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 28, 2012
a slow, meandering film which tries to get viewers moving to the village's seasonal rhythms, but instead riffs far too long on a repetitive beat.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 17, 2012
It's a confident vision, but its aversion to sentiment has the intended but unfortunate effect of making the characters' disconnects our own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
December 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2013
Award-winning examination of migrant labor would have worked better as a documentary.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 28, 2013
Slow-paced family drama a mixed bag
Elise Nakhnikian
House Next Door
September 28, 2012
Here and There is as studiously unself-dramatizing as its subject, whose signature song, which functions as the movie's theme, includes the refrain, "I just want to be humble with real people.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
By the end it achieves a poignant, impassioned tone reminiscent of classic neorealism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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May 23, 2012
A quietly devastating exploration of the cruel paradox that, in order to feed their loved ones, emigrants have to leave them behind.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 17, 2012
'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.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
As simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
November 9, 2012
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.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
May 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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