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El Norte (1983)
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Summary: Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than \"brazos fuertes\" (\"strong arms\", i.e., manual laborers) and organizing in an effort to improve their lot in life, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to \"El Norte\" (\"the North\", i.e., the USA)... (imdb)
Country: UK, USA
Directed By: Gregory Nava
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na mathiasa
70
T8
na felixherve
60
T7
na svenerik
90
T9
na RNG
59
T6
na MartinTeller
96
T10
The two lead actors project such sweetness and innocence and sibling love that it is truly heartbreaking to watch their spirits gradually get crushed. This is a bitter and moving look at the empty promise of the "American dream." It's not especially subtle or sophisticated, and maybe somewhat manipulative, but it always touches me. The music is also wonderful (except perhaps for the over-reliance on Barber's "Adagio for Strings").
na Merc
80
T8
na aspatel86
92
T10
na DTI
86
T10
na P. Square In
76
T8
na Stain
60
T5
Depressing but not engaging or illuminating
na burnmp3s
84
T8
na smoonhail
100
T9
na JasonKDarby
90
T10
na freeipods
79
T8
na Sheldrake
70
T7
na jonfoto
85
T8
na IMDb-byvotes
79
T9
na Antoine
67
T4
na fethikaval
77
T6
na pattigrzyb
82
T6
na katsuben
3
T5
na ericdupont
75
T6
na Landstander
8
T9
na Ray Bergen
78
T4
na chemical404
82
T10
It didn't look very appealing on paper, and when I started watching it I didn't see much past beautiful imagery until that harrowing scene in the tunnel, when I realized that I really care about these two main characters. This film is much like the character of Enrique - wide-eyed and big-hearted. This attitude the film takes is why over-dramatization, similar to Mexican tele-novellas, works. There surely is no mercy for the main characters and the whole 'American dream'. Best film on this theme
na toro913
67
T7
na Guernica
69
T8
na chiphall72
76
T7
na bluesoul
84
T8
na jake21287
70
T4
na negative
2
T6
na Sharyna
46
T1
na Kiitoksia
90
T9
na elmakebabi
80
T9
na gwynplaine
80
T6
na mrkwst22
85
T3
na kangadoodoo
90
T10
na purity
3
T9
na PeaceAnarchy
85
T8
The multitude of styles is both the film's greatest strength and its main weakness. The heavy realism combined with bits of surrealism allow it to show both actions and emotions genuinely while avoiding melodrama and the short scenes help the pace feel quick despite the length as whole. The acting isn't great but the emotions feel so honest that they overcome the occasionally mediocre delivery. It made a bold choice with the ending that worked, but for some reason didn't hit me like it could've.
na piyolyclaud
5
T4
na Jazzaloha
70
T7
na inveniamviam
65
T3
na sebie288
80
T9
na jonnykungfu
70
T6
na rthornhill
91
T8
na CHOICECOD
84
T8
na masterclaw
80
T8
na jrpaulson
90
T10
na col. dax
90
T7
na imdb
79
T10
na filmaffinity
74
T9
na smviper00
90
T9
na j.kendrick
40
T10
"...a deeply moving film that is simultaneously entrancing, horrifying, sad, and profoundly humane."
na maksler
3
T6
na MrHedgepig
92
T8
na Communicants
75
T7
na onetwothree
50
T5
na TenSpades
80
T6
na camus
60
T3
na BartonFink
8
T9
na panchovilla
88
T9
na ar656
80
T6
na rerica
80
T8
na Blevo
80
T8
na UberFilmBuff
98
T10
na mosesismoses
84
T8
na SelfishOtter
76
T6
na FancyMike
75
T7
na SlantMag
20
T5
"In El Norte's defense, it does not, unlike those contemporary films, filter its view of an ethnic subculture through the eyes of a white protagonist." - Matt Noller
na bookfraud
72
T7
na kistimo
86
T9
na schedrevka
87
T8
na Mire
83
T8
na micmac•
52
T3
na jjack229
74
T9
na jaredether
87
T4
na Kisbye
80
T8
na OzGrenouille
94
T10
na Dogubomb
30
T2
na JerryJ
30
T2
na MLafer
80
T6
na TJ Ximenez
95
T7
na ShogunRua
56
T5
We had to watch this in Spanish class back in the day. Overall it's alright, but it has a silly, cartoonish, and inaccurate morale. The main positives were learning the word "chingada", and the hope that anyone who lived in Mexico would think twice about illegally crossing the border after viewing it.
na deckard0
90
T8
na bmmello
82
T8
na machanstyle
59
T4
na namas
81
T9
na salty dog
79
T8
na bood
80
T7
na rocketfuel
80
T7
na RobG
92
T10
na volver
80
T9
na JC1325
78
T8
na LRibeiro
80
T7
na schnofel
60
T6
na pompousass
20
T6
Nava, an American, starts from a standpoint well on the outside of the people and their culture, and makes little headway toward narrowing the gap. This can have certain advantages, as in the amount of anthropological, or just touristic, documentation done by Nava. But two hours and twenty minutes is time enough to have made the two siblings into something more than stick figures
na sakaerka
83
T5
na thatgreatwar
60
T5
na The Bru
65
T4
na dumbjaw
58
T4
na Meowfresh
60
T3
na rwhirata
55
T6
na nijil26
83
T5
na GrimsChild
60
T8
na trevitron
80
T8
na Dunstan-x
87
T9
na Barkinson
80
T10
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
na caseycw
80
T3
na westknife
80
T7
Had some low-budget trappings but in the end it's a very moving film with an unusual and fascinating perspective.
na lineuphere
81
T7
na EgbertSouse
100
T10
na kokirijazz
3
T4
na Blindfolk
73
T7
na AceOfSpades
7
T4
na Ronin21
79
T7
na cat9man
83
T7
na filmcricket
88
T10
na Kilgore
70
T7
na jeff_v
68
T6
na whittaker18
75
T8
na givethanks
68
T7
na Holygrail2
93
T8
na Warren
88
T9
na norval_jones
65
T3
na elephantman
79
T7
na Darbicus
95
T10
na screentime
75
T8
na HVM
70
T6
na avgcrtckr
71
T9
na moss piglet
6
T7
na Mechatigger
71
T6
Politically interesting without being polemical, and deeply moving.
na SickForay
84
T9
na joachimt
70
T6
na Gody85
70
T9
na dr. radical
85
T10
na Mingus
3
T9
na smokenfog
80
T7
na LouisMazzini
79
T8
na ehrenkm
85
T8
na gonzalo
7
T6
na lyz-keaton
80
T6
na winds
6
T8
na masoo
80
T8
na flowing
11
T1
Average Tier 7.09 from 145 Rankings rss