From the Other Side (De L'autre Cote)
From the Other Side (De L'autre Cote) (2003)

The story is old as the hills, yet every day it continues to unfold, every day more terribly.Sometimes poor people, in an attempt to survive, risk their lives and leave everything behind to live elsewhere. But they're not wanted… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 20, 2003
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A highly stylized and artsy documentary that is more concerned with emotionalism and visual expressiveness than facts.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Akerman assumes the persona of a visitor who is probing the surface with the keen eye of a trained observer, but also with the humility of a stranger.

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Dan Callahan

Chantal Akerman's new documentary is bewilderingly narrow.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

A spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental look at the plight of illegal Mexican immigrants massed at the United States border.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Thought-provoking documentary on illegal immigrants.

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Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

Akerman spends so much time capturing non-events, albeit picturesquely, she misses out on the opportunity to delve deeper into the plights of the people themselves.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

Akerman's characteristically patient, pensive approach elegantly accommodates her reportorial responsibilities.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

This film goes for more of a stylistic effect leaving the political impact secondary. A more effective approach would have made this much more the film that was needed.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Akerman is a first-rate visual artist, and the film's most eloquent passages are her long, silent shots of the landscape that soon reveal deeper layers of meaning.

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