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Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2017)




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[Antonio Mendez] Esparza has done terrific work with his cast of non-pros, and several exchanges - particularly those between Regina and Robert - drip with an engaging realism that can only have been the result of guided improvisation.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The first half is long, languid takes of their cramped apartment, with minimal dialogue. In the second, things speed up, but the abrupt shift from a snail's pace to a flurry of happenings, is jarring.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is Mr. Esparza's second feature and first English-language film. He has a deep, penetrating vision and an admirable aversion to sentimentality.

March 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If it all sounds melodramatic, [Antonio Mendez] Esparza's rigorously unsentimental approach always pulls back form that brink. The film's style is, like its guarded characters, watchful.

February 8, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

So compellingly directed and acted that for much of the time we could almost be watching a documentary, Life and Nothing More is an involving, quietly moving piece that eschews conventional narrative shape.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

By casting "real people", and not professional actors, there are moments when the dialogue seems unscripted, because it is so natural. Esparza has created a film that is almost more documentary than fiction.

February 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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