El Norte
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"When will we find a home?" Rosa asks her brother Enrique at the end of their long journey. Alone in a strange land, they have only each other. The search for roots and the importance of family inform Gregory Nava's and Anna Thomas's lyrical and emotionally powerful El Norte, just as they will the filmmakers' later My Family, which showed at Sundance in 1995. One of the first films to portray faithfully the plight of Central American political refugees, El Norte is a remarkable fusion of documentary realism and visual poetry. When their father is killed and their mother… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Good intentions arent enough to compensate for bad editing, acting and writing."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"the definitive portrait of the experience of undocumented Latin-American workers in the United States"
‑ Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
"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, Slant Magazine
"The subject of illegal immigration is honorable and relevant, but the film also shows Nava's weaknesses as a filmmaker, specifically his penchant for overwrought narratives and melodramatic (borderline soap opera) style."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"On the surface El Norte is the essence of simplicity. But in 1983, the simple story was both news to many and history to many others finally seeing their story depicted on screen on their terms. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Charts the harsh odyssey of two Guatemalan Indians as they struggle to make a new life for themselves in America as illegal immigrants"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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