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

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




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Stressed by the pressures of raising two children and getting by on her minimum-wage diner job, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) longs to find more to life than constant work, while she attempts to instill in 14-year-old Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) the values she hopes will prevent him from landing in prison like his father. Filmed in Florida, this beautifully crafted drama by Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza employs non-professional actors and documentary realism to create a remarkable snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America. The winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year, LIFE AND NOTHING MORE is the latest release from CFI Releasing.


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

[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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