Sangre de mi sangre

by robbiefreeling
May 13, 2008 3:46 AM
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If writer-director Christopher Zalla's intent in Sangre de mi sangre was to sympathetically and realistically depict the plight of impoverished Mexican illegal immigrants trying desperately to eke out anonymous existences in urban U.S. areas, why does he litter his workmanlike debut film with characters directly out of Hispanic-cliché central casting? Though it's infinitely better than last year's execrable Trade (the worst movie...ever?), Zalla's film similarly traffics in south-of-the-border stereotypes, opening, of course, with the usual touristy-dangerous shots of Mexico, set to "indigenous" rhythms, which only prove to further distance the viewer from what should be a more intimate, humane experience.

Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky's review of Sangre de mi padre nuesto sangre de mi nuesto sangre.

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