El Caspar is a member of one such South American gang, but he is quickly growing tired of the life. He has just helped initiate the gang’s newest member, and his girlfriend has been murdered by the leader.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I watched this movie sometime in the last couple years, I haven't thought about it since, there was nothing memorable about it. I would say it had a good production quality, but with the blandness of the end result I lack all motivation to say anything good about this film.