Hey, do you think Indians will ever ‘get it’ that all flashing images on a screen don’t a movie make.
Attuned as desis are to watching the mindnumbing Bollywood junk, they have no benchmark or conception of quality films.
This post is part of our self-assigned Herculean mission to expose the unwashed masses to quality movies outside of their narrow selection and comfort zones.
Sin Nombre – Dark Movie
On Thursday, we watched Sin Nombre.
A Spanish language movie, Sin Nombre is a dark and harrowing look into the passage of poor, illegal immigrants from the deep bowels of Central America into the United States.
The first feature film of Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre is a somber film that’s unlikely to leave you unmoved over the illegal immigrants who survive in the states doing the dirty, dangerous jobs that mainstream Americans just won’t do.
The movie is an exemplar of memorable intersections: of the dreaded Mara Salvatrucha gang with dysfunctional youngsters in the slums of Central America; of the members of the Mara Salvatrucha with the poor migrants heading north; of humanity with inhumanity on the train-top, even as the vicious gang members prey on them; of an unhappy ending with a happy ending; of fine acting and deft direction with a plausible, contemporary story that viewers can easily relate to.
As a Honduran family comprising of a teenage girl, her father and uncle start out on the long journey north to escape the wrenching poverty in their homeland, their paths collide with the Mara Salvatrucha gang and particularly with Willy a.k.a Casper, a member of the gang.
Soon the story takes a surprising turn with Casper himself forced to join the hordes on the train top.
If you are the incurable romantic yearning for romance in every film, there’s that too here. Between Casper and Sayra, a budding romance that you suspect has no future in the face of the determined and the nasty gang members chasing Casper.
The conclusion is not unexpected but how the final killing actually happens is a sad reflection on society as killers get younger by the day.
Edgar Flores as Casper, Paulina Gait in the role of Sayra and little Kristyan Ferrer playing young Smiley show that acting talent lurks in the unlikeliest of places but never in the likeliest corners like Bollywood.
Fine photography, whether in the dark as the migrants wait for the train or on the train-top or the street fights, adds to the charm of the movie.
Oh, we are not in the least bit surprised that Sin Nombre has found critical acclaim and won a host of awards.
Must Watch Film
Folks, Sin Nombre is one of the finest first films of a director that we’ve seen in a long time.
In a season when we’re bombarded with junk like 3 Idiots, we’re happy that there are movies like Sin Nombre that restore our faith in cinema as a medium of entertainment.
SearchIndia.com unequivocally and strongly recommends Sin Nombre.
Sin Nombre is available at Netflix via Instant Play and DVD formats.
Don’t worry, this Spanish movie comes with English subtitles.