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Under the Same Moon (2007)
"La misma luna" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  4 April 2008 (USA)
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A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away.

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Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos' (as Adrián Alonso)
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Ignacio Guadalupe ...
Leonardo Sánchez Nava
Pailo Heitz ...
Billy
Mario Almada ...
Padrino
Ernesto D'Alessio ...
Oscar Ponce
Isaac Bravo ...
Chito
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UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Written by Fox Searchlight

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A boy crosses the Mexican/US border to reunite with his mother who is living in Los Angeles See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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4 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,770,000 (USA) (21 March 2008)

Gross:

$12,589,108 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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Except for the Los Angeles exteriors, the film was shot in Mexico. See more »

Goofs

While looking through a box of Carlos' belongings he kept in her office, Doña Carmen finds a small photo album with the note "trabajos Mamá / Señora Maqjuensi / 323 2175021 / Señora Esnaide / 323 3961825" (at 1:29:56; in English the first line is "Mom works" or "Mom's jobs"). Doña Carmen presumably calls one or both of these numbers but is shown speaking on the phone to Señora Snyder (at 1:30:12) who wasn't listed on the note. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 March 2008 (2008) See more »

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Amarte es mi Destino
Written by Roberto Guadarrama
Performed by Claudia Lluck
Cortesía de: Pacific Latin Copyright, INC.
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'The Straight Story,' Mexican-Style
19 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This certainly lived up to expectations of being "a nice movie," an involving story about a young Mexican boy who sneaks into the United States to try to find his mother in Los Angeles. She had been in L.A. for four years and, frankly, I forget why. They don't dwell on that, but there must have been a good reason since she loves the kid and vice-versa. Each Sunday morning at 10, she calls him from the same spot. That's a key to the story.

When the woman's mother dies, "Carlito's" grandmother who had been looking after the young boy, the kid decides his options aren't good at that point and he needs to take a big chance to see if he can find his way to Los Angeles. Yes, you have to suspend your beliefs here a bit, as the odds on a kid actually being able to do that - all with no money! - are astronomical, but it's fun to watch him on his journey and how he makes do with what little he has. Some of the friendships he makes are truly touching and in a way, the best part of the film.

While writing this, it makes me flashback to the film "The Straight Story" when an old man on a tractor drives 300 miles across Iowa to see his long-lost brother. He is befriended by many people along the way, some who go to extraordinary lengths to help a stranger. That's the case here, too.

We also get a good profile of the mother, her best friend and a wonderful man she meets during this story, which takes place in one week. Each "chapter" of the film is broken down into days. Yes, the film is slightly preachy concerning immigration but the story is so good that one forgets about the political aspect, no matter side one is on.

This is a pretty solidly-made film, from directing to acting to the visuals but it's the story that will hook you in early on and you aren't able to let go until the end. The last half hour will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering exactly things how will turn out. That's good, because it means the movie is entertaining. Definitely recommended.


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