As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.
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
At the beginning of the film, Carlos has his ninth birthday (at 05:54), but Adrian Alonso, the actor portraying that role, turned twelve eighteen days before the film shoot began. See more »
At the beginning of the movie (at 04:08), Carlos crosses off the rectangle for Sunday (Domingo) the 18th in the rightmost column of a preprinted calendar page that is missing the 26th of the month. It contains seven columns starting with Monday and running through Sunday. Below Sunday the 18th at the far right, Sunday the 25th can be seen, but at the far left, underneath the box for Monday (Lunes) the 19th is a box containing 27 followed to the right by boxes containing 28, 29, 30, and 31, Thus the 26th of the month has been left off the calendar since the 27th should be Tuesday (Martes). See more »
Blooming with surface emotions and a tough contemporary theme with roots...
Under the Same Moon (2007)
This story is one that will feel too close to home to many viewers--immigrants of all kinds, and parents who have ever been separated from their kids. The emotional stakes get piled so high you know that it can't end in disaster (the audience would be angry), so you kind of wait to see how the inevitable gets worked out.
What holds it completely together is the stellar acting of the lead boy, played by Adrian Alonso, with great support from his pretty but a bit restrained mother, played by Kate del Castillo. You can't help but feel for them, and the many hardships they encounter will move you right along with the events.
Which is the only conspicuous problem with the movie--the hardships are endless and brutal and almost comically classic. I'm sure they're all true enough, and I'm sure there are even individuals who face all these things in one lifetime. But it all happens in a week as the days tick off one by one to the critical weekly phone call. It's too much, really, no matter how you cut it--unless you think of it as a kind of modern Grimm fairy tale. In those, terrible things happen to kids and yet there is a dramatic outcome you take in stride. The fact this is kind of knowingly over the top happens when our two leads come within feet of each other (in the sprawling city of Los Angeles) and don't know it. Could be, but it doesn't help any sense of realism.
And yet it is filmed with an attention to small details, to making people reasonable (bad and good people both) and believable. That's eventually all backdrop to the tale, complete with wicked relatives, a knight in shining armor, and a couple of scofflaws who come to the rescue just in time.
It'll make you cry, and you might get mad at being so manipulated. But I think it's worth it.
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