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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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Entre Nos

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

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