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...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1995)

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Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing... See full summary »



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Sam Vlahos ...
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Miguel Rodríguez ...
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Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing is awful, sometimes the boss furnishes no water as the hands labor, and TB goes untreated. In good times the pay is $15 a day for adults, half that for children. For a few sordid weeks, his parents leave him in the care of a corrupt couple, he's expelled from school for hitting back, and he finds solace in a graveyard. As his parents long for their missing son, as folks gather around a local troubadour for songs of romance, comedy, and heartbreak, Marcos observes and remembers. Written by <>

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This movie provokes doleful emotions; overcoming adversity as a migrant worker.
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sergio Perez manages to enhance and convey the original work of Tomas Rivera through style and voice.

This film is a good companion for comparison to the original book titled "Y No se lo Trago la Tierra..." (And the Earth did not Devour Him...)by Tomas Rivera. Rivera's work is critiqued as impressionist work, and this movie depicts this style. Sergio Perez Films has brought my imagination to life.

Both subtle and clear devices of suggestion were used through the language, set background, and plot to achieve the power of suggestion and communication.

The film was made with meticulous details with regards to life as a migrant worker in the mid 1900's. The film portrays religious, mythical and family values in the midst of adversity. Adversity which makes mankind strong.

Get your compassion Kleenex out... you'll love this movie.

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