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From the Other Side -- Using technology developed for the military, the flow of illegal immigration into San Diego has been stemmed. But for the desperate, there are still the dangerous deserts of Arizona, where Chantal Akerman shifts her focus.


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Release Date:
4 June 2003 (France) See more »
A documentary look at the fate of Mexicans who cross the border into the United States. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman 

Produced by
Xavier Carniaux .... producer
Brigitte De Villepoix .... producer
Thierry Garrel .... producer
Elisabeth Marliangeas .... producer
Christiane Philippe .... producer
Fabrice Puchault .... producer
Luciano Rigolini .... producer
Marilyn Watelet .... producer
Cinematography by
Chantal Akerman 
Robert Fenz 
Raymond Fromont 
Film Editing by
Claire Atherton 
Production Management
Elisabeth Gérard .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Fenz .... assistant director
Ricardo 'Tato' Parilla .... assistant director
Claudia Rosas Bocardo .... assistant director
Sound Department
Eric Lesachet .... sound mixer
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Editorial Department
Fabio Balducci .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"De l'autre côté" - France (original title)
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103 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#04)See more »


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Akerman is no great filmmaker, whether in fiction or documentary, 5 May 2004
Author: rscholer from Lausanne, Switzerland

The film has long static takes that add absolutely nothing to the comprehension of a particular situation. As a matter of fact, I've read newspaper articles on the subject that were much more comprehensive and gave me a better feeling for the sufferings of the migrants than this rather pointless exploration of the walled-up border between the richest country and the Third world. One observer has it wrong: the five minute take along a seemingly endless line of automobiles is not on the American side, but on the Mexican side. The cars are queuing up to cross the border. Never does the camera cross the border during this tracking shot, which is evidently reminiscent of the initial shot of TOUCH OF EVIL (where it does cross the border). The first shot actually taken on the American side is probably the interview of the Mexican consul in Douglas.

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