This intimate glimpse into Mariachi Carmelo Muniz' life begins on San Francisco's streets stained with the grit of a Kerouac nocturne. Together with close friend Arturo, they eke it out as a mariachi trio -- yet they are only a duo -- performing in restaurants and earning nearly $100 between them. Although both men have crossed the border from Mexico for a new life in California, troubles back home beckon.
A captivating portrait of an aging troubadour in the twilight of his career, attempting to navigate between his existence back in his home in Mexico and his life in the states as an undocumented street performer. A film rich in social commentary, straddling themes of disillusion and romantic distemperment, Romántico offers a refreshing, vivid account of the plight of the artist in a contemporary light.
The best film I have seen in a very long time. I was on the verge of tears for parts of it. It demonstrates the infinite complexity within each person which we readily dismiss when we see them on the street, or perhaps busking near our table at a restaurant. A very simple idea, but one that is so rewarding.
This film captivated from beginning to end. The raw portrayal of these characters, whose desire for a better life is constantly thwarted by circumstance is compelling for multiple reasons. One is the actors themselves and the directing and two is the authenticity of the setting and scene. The music is incomparable and showers us with gorgeous sound as we follow the difficult lives of the characters.
Very personal and centered around some people one can get very attached to. Also, the cinematography is lovingly done and immersive. There are several moments where the dialog strategically stops so you can see more into Carmelo's world and attempt to understand it. Overall well done, a unique look into a group of peoples' lives that society tends to ignore.
Romantico is a well made documentary into the life of one of the many people who try to make a living in the US. What is great about this film is that it shows the struggles that many face when returning home to their families after having stayed in the US for so long. Instead of focusing on life in the US, this documentary focuses on the home perspective which not many get to see. Overall, good film.
Romantico caught my eye while I was selecting a movie due to its relevance to new government immigration policies and the impending decision on the Mexican border. Eye-opening to how this can happen in our own country but seem so far away, the film deconstructs the immigrant experience upon entering our country, and raises the question on if, as a country, we should be focusing on supporting these struggling people.