Friday, December 5, 2014
283 of 1001 Movies: El Norte (1983)
Summary: Enrique and Rosa's village in Guatemala is ravaged in the Guatemalan Civil War. The only way to continue to survive, and attempt to make a better live for themselves is to head north, where they have heard much about the wealthy livelihood many have claimed to find there. After the struggles to get there, including attempted robbery and having to go through the dirtiest and darkest place to the border, they find that the U.S. is as they hoped...for at least a couple of weeks or so that is. They both begin to quickly learn the threat of deportation and how easy it is to be taken advantage of with all the fear and courage it took to get here.
I won't give away the ending, but the ending is also very memorable, and one to leave you speechless. I have to say that if you get the chance to view it with someone that the ending is definitely one worth discussing and exploring, and it goes from a tale that seems to be one that can be taken at face value, to one that drops over into fantasy, but dark fantasy.
I can warn that this movie isn't light viewing. It sits heavy after you've seen it, especially after you pick up on what is implied happened to one of the characters. If you still have the same views regarding immigrants after viewing this, well then I don't know what to say. It's insightful, well acted, and the story is well done. I viewed this movie alone, which I think was best as there is a lot to take in, and it's easier for me to follow, especially with a movie as serious as this.