Sin Nombre
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Sayra, a teenager living in Honduras, hungers for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her only real option--emigrating with her father and her uncle into Mexico and then the United States, where her father now has a new family. Meanwhile, Casper, is a teenager living in Tapachula, Mexico. A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang brotherhood, he has just brought to the Mara a new recruit, 12-year-old Smiley. While Smiley quickly takes to gang life, Casper tries to protect his relationship with girlfriend Martha Marlene, keeping their love a secret from the Mara.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a tribute to the visceral impact of the staging that the film retains its grip despite becoming somewhat predictable, while thematically it's the usual cycle-of-violence hand wringing."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Fukunaga paints better outside the lines, working with cinematographer Adriano Goldman to offer vivid shots of the poverty and despair cutting through Latin America."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Fukunaga wastes no time with laborious explanations for his characters' motives."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An epic and stunningly shot thriller about two young people crossing the gauntlet of Central America in their attempt to get to the USA."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"The actors, particularly Flores, have a documentary reality about them. Their reactions to most of their predicaments, even the ones given away too easily by the script, are real in the most human sense."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Intense Spanish-language feature debut intrigues but doesn't quite gel."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"It's a drama, a romance and a thriller, but make no mistake - Sin Nombre pulls no punches in delivery a raw, powerful film that shrugs aside genre convention."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The gangster part of the movie is riddled with cliches, but strikes gold with its depiction of immigrants on a train headed north. An excellent debut by a Japanese-American director."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Basically a manipulative thriller with social-commentary aspirations"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking: a great story told in beautiful images."
‑ Dan Zak, Washington Post
"Brutal, wrenching and filled with desperation and meanness, Sin Nombre signals a major new talent in writer-director Cary Fukunaga, who never flinches while telling a story so grim and sad it moves beyond tears to numbness."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Spellbinding and nailbiting at the same time, "Sin Nombre?s" climax chillingly evokes the fable of the rabbit crossing the river on the crocodile?s back. Even amid such fleeting hope, its bone-deep fragility proved impossible to shake."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Cary Fukunaga makes a strong impression with his debut feature, a visually rich Spanish-language thriller which borrows the conventions of the western and applies them to a world of gang brotherhoods and travelling immigrants in Mexico."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"Captivatingly naturalistic performances and cinematography almost makes up for the lack of a larger political framework."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
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