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21 Ratings

Life and Nothing More

La vida y nada más

Spain, United States, 2017


The second feature from Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza sensitively chronicles the everyday life of an African American family in northern Florida and their struggle to stay afloat in a society that marginalizes them.

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Life and Nothing More Directed by Antonio Mendez Esparza

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

2018 | Winner: John Cassavetes Award

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2017 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

The dialogue is so consistently robust that you may not realize for a while that Life & Nothing More contains no music. Even the passages of silence, which register as punctuation in the drama, contribute to the musicality of the speech.
January 18, 2019
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Méndez Esparza has burrowed so deep inside the embattled lives of his subjects, a struggling black family in Northern Florida, that he earns the title through the sheer clarity and consideration of his approach, which places a neorealist lens on a story that owes as much to Charles Burnett as it does to Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes.
October 25, 2018
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A slow accumulation of closely observed moments that add up to something much more nuanced, a portrait of lives that can’t be reduced to statistics.
October 23, 2018
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