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A big new talent arrives on the scene with ?Sin nombre.? Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga?s enthralling feature debut takes viewers into a shadow world inhabited by many but noticed by very few -- that of Central American migrants making the perilous trip through Mexico to get to the United States border. Shot on extraordinary locations with a capable unknown cast, this Focus Features release will stir considerable interest for its artistic and social aspects and has dual commercial potential in art/specialized release and in the Spanish-language market.
Sin Nombre ("Nameless", in English) tells the story of a Honduran girl trying to get to the States by taking a freight train through Mexico, where she meets a young gangbanger running from his posse after turning on them. Two stories, one a harrowing immigration journey, the other a brutal crime drama, dovetail into one. What struck me most is how beautiful even the impoverished parts of Mexico are, the cinematography lush and colorful. The way the U.S. is represented, on the other hand... That was 2007, and things are different now, but the immigrant's story remains a potent one. We have no idea what it takes to get from Central America to Texas' border. Sin Nombre gives us an inkling. But as it is also a crime picture, it strikes a balance, neither demonizing nor glorifying those who cross over undocumented. So if it's sometimes hard to watch, it's because it should be.
If an institution like AFI was to do a 100 Best World Cinema Quotes, "Mara por vida homie" should be up there.
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