Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking ... See full summary »
Fifteen years ago, their Washington Heights neighborhood was dubbed the crack-cocaine capital of the world, but today it is transforming into one of the most vibrant, Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. While the drug dealers continue to disappear, their violent legacy still casts a shadow over the neighborhood and its residents. Junior, an ex-convict struggling to get his life back on track, is a product of this legacy. His younger brother Manny, the salutatorian of his high school class, embodies the hope of the future. On the night of his graduation party, Manny finds himself faced with an ill-fated decision that could change his life forever. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
powerful drama about the past coming back to haunt the present.
this film is an exceptionally strong story about how difficult it is to transcend the forces of the past, your own, your neighborhood's and your family's. the gritty urban drama uses a handheld camera to create a reality that is never broken or compromised.
the exuberance of this Uptown Manhattan Latino clan is beautifully rendered as they attend the star of the family, Manny's graduation. his older brother, Junior, throws a great party and we sense that this family is on the road to recovering from the dark shadow cast by their former drug dealing father, now estranged.
but Manny's bright future is jeopardized by a tragic incident that forces Junior to turn to the one person he despises above all. Franky G's turn as Junior Moreno, a live wire who negotiates all that life dishes him with charm, brute force, or simple perseverance is amazing.
the climax is stunning and all i can say is this is like Shakespeare in Spanish Harlem. amazing.
a multiple festival award winner: best film at south by southwest, special jury at Sundance, special jury at Miami, this film will grab you on the first frame and hold you until the final subway departs.
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