For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »
José Luis Cuerda
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.
13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother ... See full summary »
A lot of people live in an ocupated house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being put out, without sucess. But ... See full summary »
This is a dark comedy that takes place in an urban jungle, where each has to ensure its own survival. No one is bad, but all acting for his own benefit and without measure if their actions ... See full summary »
Based on real life conditions, Raul Trellez, a homeless person, goes around Bogota's streets finding ways to support his drug addiction, which leads him to wander around appreciating life from a fearless and passionate way.
I was lucky enough to see this movie at my college theater on the big screen. I must warn that I am a bit bias due to my addiction of the documentary / docudrama genera in general. I have always enjoyed true stories more than fictitious ones. With the releases of "City of God" and "Bus 174" recently, my eyes and mind have been opened to the extreme violence that has been fueled by poverty and gaining perpetual motion in many South American cities since the seventies. La Sierra focuses on a bloody civil conflict, in the surrounding hills of Medellin, Columbia, that has confiscated over 35,000 lives in the past decade. The war is waged between left-wing guerrillas against the government and illegal right-wing paramilitary. When I say guerrilla you may picture an unshaven jungle worn drug lord with a profiteering savage mentality. In all reality they are mostly frightened teenagers, armed with fully and semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, grenades, revolvers, and 9mm's with 30 round clips, wearing Nike-Air hats and Umbro shorts fighting for neighborhood territory in a war in a society that few understand. I grew up listening to gangsta rap and the whole thug life concept. Outside of Hollywood and the American prison system anyone who says their life is a product of this poison (e.g. studio gangsters) deserves to be slapped and exiled. The sheer lack of opportunity is the reason many psychologists believe South American children are growing up on the streets and murdering each other simply to attract attention. I almost feel that North Americans should be mandated to watch movies like this; since our luxurious lifestyle is essentially the reason why our brothers and sisters south of us have so little and are forced to sell their forests, resources, and bodies to survive.
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