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starstarstarhalf a starinspirational

written by izb2ny on Mar 12th, 2012read all my reviews

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I recently became a fan of independet films, watching this film reminded me of my mother in a better enviorment. We too came from Colombia after my fathe passed away and it was hard but we accepted seeing our mother working as a bussiness woman to cleaning houses. we lived in a basement apartment and thank God we had our family.
It doens't matter how much better or worse you had it, it was hard coming to this country
Hands down one of the best movies I've seen!

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starstarstarhalf a starWonderful

written by momnipotent101 on Feb 1st, 2012read all my reviews

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This was a wonderful film, I truly enjoyed everything about it, especially the way Mariana remained loving and continued to be a mother first. The children were sweet and adaptable, as children are and the story was one that could be told by many I'm certain. Most Americans can trace their family back to another country at some point in their lineage, meaning that we were all immigrants at one point. Legal immigration to the U.S. is a long and difficult process and those who are able to fulfill that dream truly love this country and are valuable citizens and just as American as anyone else. I for one, teach English to immigrants because this issue is important to me, I try to put myself in the shoes of starting over in a new country and realize how a little kindness goes a long, long way.

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starstarstarhalf a starThe Fight to Survive

written by alyssa on Jun 10th, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: ENTRE NOS (ON DEMAND)

Entre Nos is a very touching story about a Columbian woman struggling to survive in New York with her two kids after her husband left her. The movie is based on a true story and displays the extreme courage and strength of Mariana Mendoza as she fights to keep whats left of her family together without a job or a home in a country who's language she does not know.

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starstarstarhalf a starA True Survival Story

written by sal on May 25th, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: ENTRE NOS (ON DEMAND)

Paola Mendoza's extraordinarily beautiful film "Entre Nos" is more than just a story of survival. It is a moving tribute to her mother, who upon arriving in America for the very first time, was abandoned by her husband, and left alone to care for her two young children with no money, no work, and no place to call home.

As the story unfolds, each heartbreaking turn--eviction, sleeping on park benches, collecting cans to pay for food--pushes you closer to the edge. Will this family make it to the other side of such hardship?

The performances of Mendoza, who plays her mother, and her two children played by Laura Montana Cortez and Sebastian Villada Lopez drive this film. Words can say plenty, but it is the passion and chemistry of these three remarkable actors that make "Entre Nos" so triumphant.

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starstarstarhalf a starExcellent Films.

written by agonzalez on Apr 28th, 2011read all my reviews

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This was a great film we all need to see this a see how some people live. Alot of immiagratnt come to find the american dream! WOW how shellshock some must feel. I loved all of the actors in this film they were wonderful I did go through alot of tissue. Excellent.

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starstarstarhalf a starEntre Nos

written by theaaronlib on Jun 28th, 2010read all my reviews

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The archetypal story of the American immigrant family is based in the cliché of a movement towards a better life, towards an American dream. As the movie Entre Nos begins it is assumed that their movement through our border into our country is a travel initiated by strife tragedy. As the film develops though, Entre Nos, tells a different story. The family’s movement to America in this story is not necessitated by hardship but by a husband’s restlessness. He moves too and from different countries searching for his own personal gratification; unwilling to submit to his children’s need for a sense of security and belonging. His two children are left friendless and untrusting through this constant movement. In one memorable scene we see the children sitting dejectedly on a weathered curb as they stare, wantonly, at a group of kids playing dodge-ball. Andrea the baby of the family, in her relative innocence, suddenly surges form and asks in pityingly broken English if she could play, Gabriel, her brother catches her and drags her back to the curb, trying to protect his sister for what seems to him to be a hostile foreign world. Throughout the movie the children, Andrea and Gabriel ask their mother why they have moved from place to place, the mother, Mariana, doesn’t know, her only answer is that they were following there father. The father, Antonio, shrinking his paternal duties, once again leaves for a new city, Miami, not telling his family that he will never returned. What follows after the abandonment is a crumbling of the last vestige of security and home that the family had. Mariana the mother is forced to find some sort of security in a foreign land that speaks a foreign language. At first she turns to what had sustained her and her children’s sense of home and security for so long her empanadas. In her faith in her empanadas she valiantly tries to support her family by hawking them in the street. Heartbreakingly this last vestige of security fails and she is forced to the last resort of many of the city’s inhabitants, shifting through trash and picking out cans. The family continues to fall until they land on the cracked pavement, the graffiti and the defunct stairways of the elevated subway stations of the Bronx. Mariana heroically brings the family together and strikes back until they achieve their dream of belonging, their dream of home. In the end they are finally secure and they finally belong.
In time of feverish debate in America on this issue of immigration. This film rather than arguing, for or against the issue in the terms defined in our dichotomous national debate, re-understands the nature of immigration in this country. This movie through simple truth breaks thought the two generalities, positive and negative, that have defined the immigrant in our national debate. It provides a window into the elusive reality of life. Very few films can lay claim to illuminating life as it is truly lived, but this film, Entre Nos, does.

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starstarstarhalf a starEmpanadas For All

written by dmt5 on Jun 3rd, 2010read all my reviews

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Despite being an immigrant story, Entre Nos has surprisingly little to do with United States immigration policies. Though released during a period where the debate over immigration reform seems to be reaching a fever pitch, Entre Nos manages to avoid any overt political commentary on the subject. For some, this will undoubtedly be to the movie's detriment; however, Entre Nos works *because* it doesn't try to tackle any larger issues. It is a simple film, unburdened by any need to Tell Us How The World Really Is, and it is that simplicity that makes the film work on such a human level.

From a technical standpoint the film may not seem like anything special, but triple-threat director/writer/leading actress Paola Mendoza manages to infuse Entre Nos with a striking and palpable sense of gritty realism. New York is presented as neither a sterling metropolis nor a grime-infested deathtrap; it simply exists, as unconcerned with the main characters' plight as any random passerby. Speaking of Mendoza, it is her genuinely touching performance as Mariana that elevates the film to the level it is at. She is resilient and loving but also fearful and deeply hurt by her husband's betrayal; Mendoza tackles this emotional gauntlet like a seasoned veteran. Credit, too, must also be given to Laura Montana and Sebastian Villada – who play Mariana's children Andrea and Gabriel, respectively - as their performances are as equally real as Mendoza's, without the stiffness and wooden delivery that so often plagues child actors.

Entre Nos may not be for everyone. It's a sparse and quiet film that doesn't attempt to explain or solve the issues that surround immigration. However, in a time when the facts about immigration reform are frequently be boiled down to mere numbers and statistics, Entre Nos serves as a reminder that, for all the talk of stolen jobs and welfare exploitation, there is a human element involved that is all too frequently forgotten.

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Entre Nos (DVD) dir by Paola Mendoza, Gloria LaMorte

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