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Sin Nombre
Latin American teens in peril.

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Sayra, a Honduran teen on her way North to start a new life, finds danger and friendship.

Sin Nombre
Having ridden the rails in the name of research, Cary Fukunaga clearly appreciates the perils that migrants face while heading north through Latin America. He also has a sure grasp of the codes and rituals of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang that stalks the region. But his ambitious attempt to merge the social deprivation stories of Honduran waif Paulina Gaitan and Mexican teen Edgar Flores with a Hitchcockian chase thriller isn’t always as persuasive.

Nothing should detract from the evocative imagery or laudably naturalistic performances. But Fukunaga always seems more aware of the cinematic value of his material than emphasising its politico-economic significance.

Captivatingly naturalistic performances and cinematography almost makes up for the lack of a larger political framework.

Reviewed by Will Thomas

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Very Interesting but the end was foreordained

Watched this on BBC4 last night. First of all I am not entirely sure why Empire is slating this film for lacking a political message. It did indeed have a message, but perhaps one to subtle for the reviewer, and, as with other problematic reviews, I am also not clear why a movie magazine should be reviewing movies on their political message. It is a very interesting and moving movie about the flight of Latin American immigrants to the USA, and those who exploit their desire for a better l... More

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Posted by JagLover at 10:58, 26 March 2011 | Report This Post

Latinoamerican movie

I'm so impress about this movie. Latinoamerica can do great cinema... and this movie it's a proof. Interesting since the beginning until the end ... More

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Posted by betomad at 06:29, 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

One of the best movie of the year

Haha, for Empire better are American Pie and Avatar. Empire has no good critics ... More

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Posted by shady_88 at 16:22, 05 January 2010 | Report This Post

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