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Film: “Sin Nombre” – A Harrowing Passage to America


Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre

From Mexico comes “Sin Nombre”, a film about the extraordinary migration of the desperately poor from Honduras to the Texas border. To get to the United States they must hop trains, avoid the Mexican Army, Mexican Immigration Officials, find enough food to survive, but most of all they need to avoid the hyper tatooed Mexican gangs that patrol the many hundreds of miles between Chiapas in the South all the way to Rio Grande.

The main character is a young woman, Sayra (played by Paulina Gaitan) who befriends and, ultimately, falls in love with one of the gang members; Willy (Edgar Flores). They meet when a gang head honcho attempts to rape Sayra and then tries to slit her throat when she resists. Edgar kills the assailant and from this point forward becomes a marked man.

The couples harrowing journey through the brutal realms of migrants is apocryphal.  Life hangs by a thread. Brutality, hope, and hopelessness all play their epic roles in this world captured beautifully by its director, American born Cary Fukunaga.

If you’ve seen “Sin Nombre”, what did you think of it?I noticed that it had a less than stellar rating at imdb.com. I found it riveting, although my companion was somewhat less engrossed.

Click here for the official Trailer of “Sin Nombre“.

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Film: "Sin Nombre" – A Harrowing Passage to America


Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre

From Mexico comes “Sin Nombre”, a film about the extraordinary migration of the desperately poor from Honduras to the Texas border. To get to the United States they must hop trains, avoid the Mexican Army, Mexican Immigration Officials, find enough food to survive, but most of all they need to avoid the hyper tatooed Mexican gangs that patrol the many hundreds of miles between Chiapas in the South all the way to Rio Grande.

The main character is a young woman, Sayra (played by Paulina Gaitan) who befriends and, ultimately, falls in love with one of the gang members; Willy (Edgar Flores). They meet when a gang head honcho attempts to rape Sayra and then tries to slit her throat when she resists. Edgar kills the assailant and from this point forward becomes a marked man.

The couples harrowing journey through the brutal realms of migrants is apocryphal.  Life hangs by a thread. Brutality, hope, and hopelessness all play their epic roles in this world captured beautifully by its director, American born Cary Fukunaga.

If you’ve seen “Sin Nombre”, what did you think of it?I noticed that it had a less than stellar rating at imdb.com. I found it riveting, although my companion was somewhat less engrossed.

Click here for the official Trailer of “Sin Nombre“.

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Film: "Let the Right One In"


I wanted to talk about the Swedish movie “Let the Right One In”. It is an extraordinarily quiet movie about a lonely boy and a female vampire living in what appears to be public housing in an unnamed town somewhere in Sweden in Winter.

The movie is just incredibly poignant. Within the profound quiet of this intense film, a savage narrative develops of struggle, youth bullies, and just a transcendent love affair between the female vampire and a young, alienated Swede. This boy is the vulnerable target of school bullies. We learn that it’s really handy to have a vampire as your best friend when the going gets tough, but I don’t want to give anything away.

The Mysterious Vampire of Let the Right One In

The Mysterious Vampire of Let the Right One In

I was also impressed by the nearly invisible, but powerful special effects used in this movie. A lot of their power come from their subtlety. Unlike so many American movies, where effects are the movie and they aggressively shoved into the face of the viewer, this film uses effects to elevate the power of the story – they are also so strange and eerie that they contribute to the palpable strangeness of the story-telling.

In a way, the disquieting tone of this film is a little like “Silence of the Lambs” – perhaps the greatest suspense film ever made.

If you’ve seen this remarkable film, let me know. Let’s talk about it.

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Film: “Let the Right One In”


I wanted to talk about the Swedish movie “Let the Right One In”. It is an extraordinarily quiet movie about a lonely boy and a female vampire living in what appears to be public housing in an unnamed town somewhere in Sweden in Winter.

The movie is just incredibly poignant. Within the profound quiet of this intense film, a savage narrative develops of struggle, youth bullies, and just a transcendent love affair between the female vampire and a young, alienated Swede. This boy is the vulnerable target of school bullies. We learn that it’s really handy to have a vampire as your best friend when the going gets tough, but I don’t want to give anything away.

The Mysterious Vampire of Let the Right One In

The Mysterious Vampire of Let the Right One In

I was also impressed by the nearly invisible, but powerful special effects used in this movie. A lot of their power come from their subtlety. Unlike so many American movies, where effects are the movie and they aggressively shoved into the face of the viewer, this film uses effects to elevate the power of the story – they are also so strange and eerie that they contribute to the palpable strangeness of the story-telling.

In a way, the disquieting tone of this film is a little like “Silence of the Lambs” – perhaps the greatest suspense film ever made.

If you’ve seen this remarkable film, let me know. Let’s talk about it.

,

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