A troubadour returns home to scratch out a living in Mexico after years of trying to get ahead in San Francisco.


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Credited cast:
Arturo Arias
Carmelo Muñiz Sanchez


A troubadour returns home to scratch out a living in Mexico after years of trying to get ahead in San Francisco.

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Release Date:

January 2005 (USA)  »

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Romantico  »

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$2,808 (USA) (3 November 2006)


$29,460 (USA) (9 February 2007)

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a rare film
22 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of film that Hollywood-hungry documentary makers seem to be avoiding these days. Romantico is storytelling at its best: craftsman-like and engrossing. It relies not on narrative bells and whistles but rather a steady, patient camera that captures the deep strength of the human spirit. Too often we are besieged with stories of immigrants via newspaper headlines and the nightly newscasts. But these reports are often one-dimensional and merely a backdrop to the political battles being fought (supposedly on their behalf) in our nation's capital. But here is a film that allows the camera to linger and capture a story that is sure to move you. It is hard to find any fault with a film that seems to render two lives in such real and meaningful ways. Granted, you will not find the increasingly popular narrative styles and devices that are cropping up in such films as Murderball and Spellbound. But you will come away not only with a deeper understanding of the human beings behind the recent immigration headlines, but with clearer insight into your own struggles and dreams.

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