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Romántico (2006)

Romántico (2006)



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A Mexican troubadour struggling to make a living in San Francisco's mission district travels back across the border to visit his dying mother in filmmaker Mark Becker's unflinching portrait of illegal immigrant Carmelo Sánchez. By day Sánchez washes cars, and by night he moves from restaurant to restaurant playing romantic ballads for tips. But Sánchez isn't alone in America, his best friend Arturo is always by his side. When Sanchez's mother falls ill and he returns to Mexico to be by her side, Arturo follows along as viewers are offered a deeply personal look at the life of a kindhearted and hardworking man who is simply doing his best to provide for his impoverished family.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Romántico

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

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

January 26, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's nothing extraordinary about mariachi singer Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez, and nothing extraordinary about Mark Becker's documentary profile Romántico. At times, that seems to be the point.

January 19, 2007
AV Club
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Romántico 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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Romántico 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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Denver Post
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The movie's interests tend more toward the personal than the political. Cultural differences notwithstanding, Sánchez is the archetype of the overachieving dad, sacrificing his present to provide for his family's future.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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If this terrific documentary doesn't adjust your idea of what it means to have a hard life and a good attitude, you haven't been paying attention.

January 11, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Romántico

I came across this movie through Netflix. It was a hot Sunday afternoon. I was bored scrolling through the Netflix queue on the Xbox. I started to watch this movie solo next thing you know the whole family was propt on the couch watching, singing to the songs which reminded them of when they used to live in Mexico. It hit home for most of us, very beautiful movie. My mom wanted more, we even watched all the credits singing to the famous song. This movie captured the sad and true living and struggle of many Mexican people.


very solid documentary about a fifty-plus mexican guitar-player struggling to make it in the US. anti-immigration fanatics should spend 90 mins. and watch this.

Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell

[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]

Walter M.
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