Sayra, a Honduran teen, hungers for a better life. Her chance for one comes when she is reunited with her long-estranged father, who intends to emigrate to Mexico and then enter the United States. Sayra’s life collides with some of Mexican gangmembers who have boarded the same American-bound train.
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It's so strange to think back to this film -- before "True Detective" and "Beasts of No Nation" catapulted him into proper-auteur super-stardom, Cary Fukunaga wrote and directed this special little road movie. Much like his later work, there's a distinctive mesh of dreamy, fairy-tale landscapes and hyper-real images of poverty and crime. Romance blossoms, redemption is found, and the result is a debut for the ages.
What an incredible journey, a colorful and violent "road" movie. It's seldom that a movie commands your attention and empathy from beginning to end. Every shot is drenched with character emotion. Every frame takes us into the world of immigrants, travelers and gang members- of fathers and daughters and brothers. "Sin Nombre" is an unsettling celluloid poem depicting both suffering and enduring hope.
A story of survival,that also has the audience caught up in the brutality of gang warfare.Parts are like a docudrama,as we witness the bleak,sad existence of those trying to cross the border from Mexico.Powerful.
A simple, incredibly impactful, and beautifully told story about seeking a better life. The journey is perilous, the stakes area as high as they get, but sometimes redemption comes from sacrifice and getting where you're going takes a leap of faith. It will make you appreciate how how far people are willing to go to get exactly what many of us take for granted. Highly recommended.
Sin Nombre is more about leaving one's family than about managing to enter the U.S.A.. It's in this context that Willy must cut his umbilical cord by getting rid of the El Mara's boss. Highly recommended.
this movie by its very setting seems to tell a lot more than its plot. I had hoped for the plot to be a little less dramatic and more realistic. still given its breathtaking background it is very worth watching.