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Entre Nos (2009/IndiePix DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Feature: C+



The immigrant experience is one that used to be readily available and accessible to people and at a time when it was assumed that going to the U.S. was the ultimate place to be because of progress and opportunity.  That still exists, but on a smaller level as the country has endured the Reagan Era and is now going through the Right Wing sponsored anti-immigrant movement that is one of the most explicitly racist of any kind in decades.  Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte have made Entre Nos (2009) based on Miss Mendoza’s life and what her mother went through when she was very young.


The story has Mariana (Mendoza) with a few children (playing a variant of her mother) finding out that her husband has abandoned her.  Instead of staying where she is and apparently knows more people, she goes to a city in Florida where he may have gone to and gets stuck there in one bad situation after another.  We have seen this story before, but this is told well enough here, yet there are unintended issues with the narrative (in logic in part) and maybe transplanting the tale from decades ago to now might have been an issue.  Still, it is a god work and the sad thing about her trying to sell empanadas she bakes so well and with no success suggests that maybe if her husband remained, they could have opened a successful restaurant or the like.  We also never find out what happened to him, which does matter and leaves a hoe in the story, including him not being held responsible for what he did, even if he never resurfaced in person.


However, the anti-immigrant movement would like to exploit the limits of such a work (if they actually knew it existed or were not afraid of it) to warn people to stay away.  In some ways, the story here is actually not over.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on digital High Definition video and is soft, can have motion blur and other depth and detail limits.  Sometimes the image is just fine, but not often enough.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo can become rather monophonic and some audio is affected during location taping that was not redone.  Extras include a trailer, PSA on immigration, Behind The Scenes featurette, How To Make Empanadas, feature length audio commentary by the directors and Mendoza’s short Still Standing.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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