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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)

Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Adventure

Country: UK, USA

Directed By: Gregory Nava

Written By: Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas

Starring: Lupe Ontiveros, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando

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El Norte belongs to 27 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 158 stars)
2. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 101 stars)
3. Roger Ebert: Great Movies (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 54 stars)
4. The Guardian's 1000 films to see before you die (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 23 stars)
5. National Film Registry (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 21 stars)
6. Criterion Collection (Blu-ray) (public: moderated by epiphany - 13 stars)
7. Doubling The Canon (your public collection - 12 stars) | remove from collection
8. Films available in HD (public: moderated by kubricksucks - 9 stars)
10. Doubling The Canon (2010 update) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 5 stars)
11. Doubling the Canon (2011 update) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 1 star)
12. Sight and Sound 2002 (Single Vote) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 1 star)
13. Doubling the Canon (2012 update) (public: moderated by Cinephile - 1 star)
15. My Top 100 (public: moderated by MartinTeller)
16. Cinema Discusso: Movies You Should See (your private collection - 31 stars) | remove from collection
17. Cinema Discusso Yearly Consensus (2008) (private: PeaceAnarchy - 10 stars)
18. edkrak films to see (private: edkrak - 2 stars)
19. Best of the Year (private: MartinTeller - 1 star)
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21. 1983: Year in Review (private: polanski28)
22. Filmspotting Ratings Project: Week 3 (private: PeaceAnarchy)
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rocketfuel
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schedrevka
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chemical404 chemical404
82T10
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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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").
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40T10
"...a deeply moving film that is simultaneously entrancing, horrifying, sad, and profoundly humane."
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79T8
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91T8
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74T5
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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
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Depressing but not engaging or illuminating
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70T6
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85T9
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.
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Politically interesting without being polemical, and deeply moving.
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56T6
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.
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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
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80T7
Had some low-budget trappings but in the end it's a very moving film with an unusual and fascinating perspective.
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79T10
Average Tier 7.01 from 173 Rankings rss