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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 col. dax
90
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na JerryJ JerryJ
30
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na Landstander
8
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na jonnykungfu
70
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na jrpaulson
90
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na rkosiba31
62
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na FancyMike
75
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na P. Square In
76
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na fethikaval fethikaval
77
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na AceOfSpades
7
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na imdb imdb
79
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na Darbicus Darbicus
95
T10
na jackinthebox jackinthebox
70
T6
na Mechatigger
71
T6
Politically interesting without being polemical, and deeply moving.
na bmmello
82
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na schnofel schnofel
60
T6
na negative
2
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na heyimdylan moss piglet
6
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na mathiasa
70
T8
na schedrevka
87
T8
na TenSpades
80
T6
na HVM
70
T6
na cat9man cat9man
83
T7
na bluesoul bluesoul
84
T8
na Jazzaloha
70
T7
na CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
84
T8
na volver
80
T9
na freeipods freeipods
79
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na hardcourters rthornhill
91
T8
na JC1325
78
T8
na DTI
86
T10
na filmcricket
88
T10
na gargantua gargantua
81
T8
na sakaerka sakaerka
83
T5
na inveniamviam
65
T3
na micmac micmac•
52
T3
na jonfoto
85
T8
na deckard0 deckard0
90
T8
na ComradeSolar ComradeSolar
85
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na ar656
80
T6
na aspatel86 aspatel86
92
T10
na GrimsChild GrimsChild
60
T8
na Jellysauce Jellysauce
70
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na felixherve
60
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na Kvist
80
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na OzGrenouille OzGrenouille
94
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na The_Bru The Bru
65
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na Barkinson
80
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na trevitron trevitron
80
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na elmakebabi elmakebabi
80
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na ericdupont ericdupont
75
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na Ray Bergen
78
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na Blevo
80
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na elephantman
79
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na smoonhail
100
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na kistimo
86
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na winds winds
6
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na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
79
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na rocketfuel
80
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na EgbertSouse EgbertSouse
100
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na Kiitoksia Kiitoksia
90
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na MLafer
80
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na smokenfog
80
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na ShogunRua 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 mrkwst22
85
T3
na Sheldrake Sheldrake
70
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na sebie288 sebie288
80
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na whittaker18
75
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na norvaljones norval_jones
65
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na Kisbye
80
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na kharms
40
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na avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
71
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na UberFilmBuff UberFilmBuff
98
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na bookfraud
72
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na LRibeiro
80
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na mosesismoses
84
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na LouisMazzini LouisMazzini
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na caseycw
80
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na MrHedgepig MrHedgepig
92
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na pattigrzyb pattigrzyb
82
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na SickForay SickForay
84
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na maksler maksler
3
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na burnmp3s burnmp3s
84
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na filmaffinity filmaffinity
74
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na Sharyna
46
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na piyolyclaud piyolyclaud
5
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na TJ Ximenez
95
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na screentime
75
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na dumbjaw dumbjaw
58
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na dramat
90
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na thatgreatwar
60
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na bood
80
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na kjfellows kokirijazz
3
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na joachimt joachimt
70
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na FitFortDanga 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 nijil26
83
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na Warren Warren
89
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na Matt_Durant The Pirate
90
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na gonzalo gonzalo
7
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 spiritofeden
68
T7
na Guernica Guernica
69
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na SlantMag SlantMag
20
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"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 kyleloomis kyle.loomis
9
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na kharms2
40
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na Dogubomb Dogubomb
30
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na gwynplaine gwynplaine
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na Ronin21
79
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na Mingus
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na Blindfolk
73
T7
na jake21287
70
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na PeaceAnarchy 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 Stain Stain
60
T5
Depressing but not engaging or illuminating
na BartonFink
8
T9
na RobG
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na camus camus
60
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na purity
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na katsuben
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na JasonKDarby
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na Merc Merc
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na masoo masoo
80
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na Communicants Communicants
65
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na hicks3121
81
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na toro913
62
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na Gody85 Gody85
70
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na chiphall72
76
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na flowing flowing
11
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na namas namas
81
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na Kilgore
70
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na rwhirata
55
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na jaredether
87
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na Holygrail2
93
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na salty_dog salty dog
79
T8
na jkendrick j.kendrick
40
T10
"...a deeply moving film that is simultaneously entrancing, horrifying, sad, and profoundly humane."
na lineuphere lineuphere
83
T7
na debaser1985
71
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na jeffv jeff_v
68
T6
na lyzetteg lyzetteg
82
T6
na Meowfresh Meowfresh
60
T3
na Dunstan_x Dunstan-x
87
T9
na westknife 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 panchovilla
88
T9
na ehrenkm
85
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na chemical404 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
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69
T6
na RNG
59
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na masterclaw
80
T8
na Antoine
67
T4
na rerica
80
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na Mire Mire
83
T8
na Znthnk
95
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na svenerik svenerik
90
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na smviper00 smviper00
90
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na machanstyle
59
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na SelfishOtter SelfishOtter
76
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na dr_radical dr. radical
85
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na jjack229
74
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90
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na onetwothree
50
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Average Tier 7.06 from 159 Rankings rss