Romántico 2006

Romántico

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An engrossing documentary look at ordinary lives, Romántico puts relatable individual faces on issues that are far too often dehumanized.

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Filmmaker Mark Becker examines the plight of Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez who, along with his friend Arturo, ekes out a living as a mariachi musician in San Francisco. When Carmelo returns to his native Mexico, he finds it much harder to earn enough money to support his family, and he ponders chancing another illegal crossing into California.

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Critic Reviews for Romántico

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1)

  • ... a fine example of how the new technologies enable filmmakers to tell stories hard to capture before.

    January 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • There's nothing extraordinary about mariachi singer Carmelo Muiz Snchez, and nothing extraordinary about Mark Becker's documentary profile Romntico. At times, that seems to be the point.

    January 19, 2007 | Rating: C

    Tasha Robinson

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  • Romntico would be nothing if it were just a hard-luck story. The movie is something else: the revelation of a way of life, of a whole area of human experience going on right under our noses -- or standing over our restaurant tables.

    January 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Romntico is a quiet, admirable slice-of-life documentary, giving us insight into the human condition without claiming universal knowledge of larger questions involving immigration or family responsibility.

    January 19, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's interests tend more toward the personal than the political. Cultural differences notwithstanding, Snchez is the archetype of the overachieving dad, sacrificing his present to provide for his family's future.

    January 11, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Snchez's songs might be interrupting your supper. But he is singing urgently for his.

    January 5, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 10, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"Romantico" is a documentary about Carmelo Muniz Sanchez, a 57-year old man, who works as a mariachi with his friend, Arturo, in San Francisco. To make ends meet, they also work in a car wash. Illegally in the United States for the past three years, Carmelo sends money back to his family in Mexico. But he is homesick, and wants to return when he hears that his elderly mother's health is declining.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Romantico" is a sober counterpoint to the hysterical hyperventilating of the anti-immigration movement that has been shameless enough to bring terrorism up in the debate. In a poignant manner, the film puts a sympathetic face to illegal immigration, detailing Carmelo's life on both sides of the border(allowing he and his friends and family to tell their story without any commentary), thus giving very good reasons why a person would emigrate. Ironically, Carmelo is much more able to support his family far away from home. For example, he can earn $100 in a night here in the states while much less in his home country. [/font]
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