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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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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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6 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
i walked out, 23 July 2002
Author: Yaniv Eidelstein from Israel

this movie was an ordeal. well, the first 40 minutes anyway.

in these 40 minutes, there was a total of about 15 shots. apparently that is this director's trademark: shots where nothing at all happens, that last several minutes. after awhile came interviews with relatives of people who died while trying to cross the mexican-usa border, but any interest these might have aroused was killed off immediately afterwards, with a 4-minute shot of said border.

after awhile, i decided that if i want to see nothing happen, i may as well do it outside.

why would anyone want to make a movie as deliberately slow as this? if a documentary filmmaker wants to raise awareness of a certain cause, why does she try so hard to alienate her audience?

i wouldn't go near this film without the availability of a fast-forward button.

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