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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The film has the utmost respect for the characters and their culture, almost in awe of them. And I have to admit that I was too. The three sections are great, even the Mexican section is too short. I mean, their journey is not there at all. In general the film is so well shot, but the focus is always the story. It is a story to which I can relate and feel a personal relation to. It's gritty but magical and beautiful.
Despite its flaws, a moving film of the hardships faced by a brother and sister from Guatemala.The acting was wooden,but may seem so because of the direction,which made the characters saintly with not much depth.
Retrato de la condición humana en el sentido de la pertenencia y la supervivencia, las tradiciones, las raices, los valores en crisis por la busqueda del "sueño americano". Film que tal vez no conoceriamos sino fuera gracias a la seleccion Criterion.
In many ways the movie remains as powerful today as it was in the early 1980s. It gave Americans the flip side to Reaganism, those who were willing to watch anyway. Other good films from that time were Oliver Stone's Salvador and Costa-Gavras' Missing.
Una gran película en lo referente al tema de la migración. "El norte" desde sus inicios predice un lenguaje más allá del plano objetivo. Si bien lo social es centro del drama, Gregory Nava manifiesta un lado antropológico, esto relacionado con el imaginario de una cultura ancestral. Se ve en los sueños o visiones. Lejos del "nido", los protagonistas aún viven aferrados de algo que va más allá del entendimiento urbano
Heartbreaking story of survival of two Guatemalan who are forced to leave their small village and make their way to America. What they find isn't what they thought it would be and struggle to battle the hardships they endure. Great acting and a superb story bring this movie to life along with good direction by Gregory Nava.
Touching and still relevant today, this blending of indie filmmaking and the Epic genre mixes the acting of The Bicycle Thieves with the feel of The Grapes of Wrath. The use of color and the performances by the leads are make this heartfelt story still stand out today.