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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 Stain
60
T5
Depressing but not engaging or illuminating
na fethikaval
77
T6
na trevitron
80
T8
na BartonFink
8
T9
na filmaffinity
74
T9
na mosesismoses
84
T8
na kharms2
40
T2
na SickForay
84
T9
na jjack229
74
T9
na winds
6
T8
na JC1325
78
T8
na JasonKDarby
90
T10
na purity
3
T9
na ehrenkm
85
T8
na LouisMazzini
79
T8
na joachimt
70
T6
na Landstander
8
T9
na toro913
62
T6
na maksler
3
T6
na Sheldrake
70
T7
na CHOICECOD
84
T8
na lineuphere
81
T7
na JerryJ
30
T2
na camus
60
T3
na sakaerka
83
T5
na Jellysauce
70
T7
na negative
2
T6
na Merc
80
T8
na felixherve
60
T7
na onetwothree
50
T5
na Kisbye
80
T8
na kharms
40
T2
na rerica
80
T8
na gwynplaine
80
T6
na filmcricket
88
T10
na LRibeiro
80
T7
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 dr. radical
85
T10
na DTI
86
T10
na Blevo
80
T8
na Mechatigger
71
T6
Politically interesting without being polemical, and deeply moving.
na TenSpades
80
T6
na P. Square In
76
T8
na dumbjaw
58
T4
na Antoine
67
T4
na imdb
79
T10
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 kangadoodoo
90
T10
na sebie288
80
T9
na rwhirata
55
T6
na Barkinson
80
T10
na RNG
59
T6
na katsuben
3
T5
na bmmello
82
T8
na kistimo
86
T9
na RobG
92
T10
na moss piglet
6
T7
na elmakebabi
80
T9
na schnofel
60
T6
na namas
81
T9
na Jazzaloha
70
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 Kiitoksia
90
T9
na rocketfuel
80
T7
na machanstyle
59
T4
na caseycw
80
T3
na Meowfresh
60
T3
na Communicants
70
T6
na flowing
11
T1
na piyolyclaud
5
T7
na whittaker18
75
T8
na bluesoul
84
T8
na bookfraud
72
T7
na mathiasa
70
T8
na Mire
83
T8
na jonfoto
85
T8
na Sharyna
46
T1
na FancyMike
75
T7
na SelfishOtter
76
T6
na givethanks
68
T7
na gonzalo
7
T6
na thatgreatwar
60
T5
na OzGrenouille
94
T10
na UberFilmBuff
98
T10
na Dogubomb
30
T2
na AceOfSpades
7
T4
na EgbertSouse
100
T10
na rthornhill
91
T8
na Kilgore
70
T8
na aspatel86
92
T10
na freeipods
79
T8
na deckard0
90
T8
na Warren
89
T10
na Ronin21
79
T7
na micmac•
52
T3
na col. dax
90
T7
na nijil26
83
T5
na The Pirate
86
T9
na jaredether
87
T4
na Blindfolk
73
T7
na jake21287
70
T4
na elephantman
79
T7
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
na ar656
80
T6
na lyz-keaton
80
T6
na IMDb-byvotes
79
T9
na Ray Bergen
78
T4
na MLafer
80
T6
na inveniamviam
65
T3
na norval_jones
65
T3
na kokirijazz
3
T4
na smoonhail
100
T9
na The Bru
65
T4
na pattigrzyb
82
T6
na Znthnk
95
T9
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 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 MrHedgepig
92
T8
na panchovilla
88
T9
na j.kendrick
40
T10
"...a deeply moving film that is simultaneously entrancing, horrifying, sad, and profoundly humane."
na salty dog
79
T8
na screentime
75
T8
na masoo
80
T8
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 TJ Ximenez
95
T7
na GrimsChild
60
T8
na Mingus
3
T9
na Darbicus
95
T10
na Guernica
69
T8
na ericdupont
75
T6
na cripplehorse
71
T7
na bood
80
T7
na jonnykungfu
70
T6
na volver
80
T9
na Gody85
70
T9
na chiphall72
76
T7
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 avgcrtckr
71
T9
na burnmp3s
84
T8
na mrkwst22
85
T3
na cat9man
83
T7
na Dunstan-x
87
T9
na masterclaw
80
T8
na Holygrail2
93
T8
na jrpaulson
90
T10
na svenerik
90
T9
na smviper00
90
T9
na HVM
70
T6
na schedrevka
87
T8
na smokenfog
80
T7
na jeff_v
68
T6
Average Tier 7.07 from 151 Rankings rss