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Chop Shop
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Chop Shop

2007
Drama
1h 24m
Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar. (imdb)
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Howard Hawks' definition of a good movie: "Three great scenes, no bad ones." He also defined a good director as "someone who doesn't annoy you". Bahrani's film has numerous good scenes. What's exceptional about his contribution to the New American Realism movement of pure filmmaking, though, is that he never once missteps. Believable actions by real people fully integrated into their milieu leave you with an impression of having witnessed a piece of real life. This is, indeed, a very good movie.
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Ale and Isamar struggle to barely maintain a living in a situation where innocence is a luxury they can't afford. The film never resorts to operatic melodrama or grand tragedies to earn easy sympathy, the sympathy comes from the bare humanity of the characters, portrayed very nicely by the two young stars. It's a neo-realist glimpse into their lives. Ale's efforts to provide for and protect his sister are endearing, but also depressing as you realize he has to be his own parental role model.
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Simple storytelling is becoming somewhat of a trademark for Bahrani. And he does a great job doing it... That, combined with unknown actors, make it seem realistic and sometimes almost documentary-ish. We drop down in a short period of time in these peoples lives and we leave them as abrubtly as we are introduced to them. Its Alejandro who carries this film on his small shoulders and without his charm and charisma, it probably wouldnt have been this good.'
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This is heartbreaking neorealist stuff. Just plain superb.
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Few films these days brim with the kind of focus and authenticity as found in Bahrani's neo-realist slice of life. It's a simple story, yet told with rare sentiment and a great deal of truth. Isamar and especially Alejandro are both great in their respective roles, as they carry a whole load of hard life and responsibility on their fragile shoulders. And the last scene is about as perfect as a movie ending gets.
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