Sangre De Mi Sangre
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Writer/director Christopher Zalla authored and helms the contemporary post-noir thriller Blood of My Blood. The film concerns Juan, a ruthless and conniving ex-career criminal who tries to escape his past by hopping a truck transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to the Big Apple. Over the course of his journey, Juan meets and befriends Pedro, a sweet but illiterate Puebla native -- long-estranged from his father, Diego -- who harbors a strong desire to make contact with his dad and holds a letter of introduction from his mother to help him accomplish his goal. The naďve Pedro falls into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Christopher Zalla, a graduate of the film program at Columbia University, makes an impressive debut with this suspense feature about illegal immigrants and stolen identity."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Director Christopher] Zalla keeps the tension high through a taut story rather than through manipulative, obtrusive thriller direction."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"Eventually, of course, all the characters will have to collide for a final reckoning, but that moment strains credulity to the breaking point and sabotages the entire enterprise"
‑ Don Willmott,
"A moving story combined with first rate acting and a great screenplay by a new, but determined, writer/director make this an indie film not to be missed. Modern film noir from the streets of Mexico to the streets of America."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Sangre De Mi Sangre could have done without a few plot coincidences and the film's relentless mean street look seems studied at times. But the film's behavioral honesty pumps vibrant, undeniable life through every frame."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"[Director Christopher] Zalla may have provided his characters with a overly constructed tragedy, but his eye for city life and his seeming gift with actors promises astute, generous work to come."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Plot flaws and all, we can be glad that the picture was made -- because of its acting."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's the relationships between the characters, layered and emotional, that saves Sangre from itself."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Zalla utilizes both the dark back streets of New York and the dark nature of some humans to weave an intoxicating tale of stolen identity and pilfered emotions."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Stands out from the recent wave of movies about the plight of immigrants coming to the United States...because it's more suspenseful than heart-tugging."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Stumbles through a maddening screenplay but nevertheless generates true emotional energy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shot mainly in New York's meanest, murkiest streets, Sangre de Mi Sangre, is intricately and imaginatively structured, building to a powerful climax of complex irony."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"There's nothing easy about Christopher Zalla's very good film, a story that will get under your skin in its depiction of the dark underbelly of the American dream."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"Zalla wants to know the point where boys become cynics, men become vultures, and the hardened become vulnerable."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"A gritty and poignant Mexican drama about the search for family."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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