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359 Ratings

El Norte

Directed by Gregory Nava
United States, United Kingdom, 1983
Drama, Thriller, Adventure


A brother and sister flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival.

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El Norte Directed by Gregory Nava

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2019 | Berlinale Special

Academy Awards

1985 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Critics reviews

For most of its length, El Norte works in a social-realist mode, politically commendable if aesthetically unexciting. But occasionally, this staid surface is punctured by brief flights of magical realism when all the pain and yearning of exile flash up in evocative images. Their poignant affect lingers, long after the conventional plot mechanics have faded from memory.
September 03, 2017
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