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Life and Nothing More collects astutely observed moments from one family's lives to offer a deeply relatable picture of life in modern America. Read critic reviews

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Stressed by her job at a diner, single mother Regina struggles to raise her two children in northern Florida. When her 14-year-old son has another brush with the law, Regina starts to worry that he'll wind up in prison like his father.

Cast & Crew

Eric Trombley
State Attourney
Kara Fenlon
Public Defender
Amadeo Hernández Bueno
Producer
Alvaro Portanet Hernández
Producer
Paul E. Cohen
Executive Producer
Antonio Méndez Esparza
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Victor Nunez
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Barbu Balasoiu
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (3)

  • In his vivid depiction of the characters' daily lives, which slowly becomes immersive in spite of the detached camerawork, Méndez Esparza invites us to share in their perspective.

    January 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Because Esparza's a dramatist, not a melodramatist, the experience of watching "Life and Nothing More" becomes truth, and nothing less.

    January 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Esparza's vision of motherhood, as a fortress whose foundations must hold even on the shakiest of grounds, pulls us into a soaring emotional tide, and keeps us entranced, marveling at Williams's talent and charm as a non-professional actor.

    November 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Unsweetened by any score and unwilling to supply an emotional payoff, the film sometimes plays more like anthropology than cinema.

    October 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of the year's most essential films.

    October 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Emotionally generous, volatile, and scrupulously honest, Williams's performance is as extraordinary as the precisely controlled film in which she is the cherished centerpiece.

    October 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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