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Under the Same Moon (2007)

La misma luna (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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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Maya Zapata ...
Carmen Salinas ...
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Gabriel Porras ...
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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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The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries See more »

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

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

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$12,589,108 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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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 »

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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 »

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Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': My mom said that...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': when I missed her...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': I should look at the moon...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': 'cause she'd be looking at it too...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': so I could feel close to her...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': and not be so sad.
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References Cars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Amarte es mi Destino
Written by Roberto Guadarrama
Performed by Claudia Lluck
Cortesía de: Pacific Latin Copyright, INC.
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A Timely Topic, An Uplifting Film
23 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sensitive director Patricia Riggen has, in LA MISMA LUNA (UNDER THE SAME MOON), succeeded in creating a story about the travails of the illegal immigrants from Mexico that serves as a reminder to all of us that one of the reasons for the obsession to take the risks of crossing the border is an attempt to find a better life. While this story concept is by no means a novel one, writer Ligiah Villalobos has provided a script that avoids taking sides, but instead concentrates on creating wholly believable characters caught in the web of immigration

  • from both sides of the wall. This little film from Mexico is, above


all, a film about love, about courage and about resilience and is portrayed by a very fine cast in every role.

Rosario (Kate del Castillo) is a single mother who crossed the border four years earlier in order to support her young son Carlitos (a superb young actor, Adrian Alonso) and her ailing mother by working double jobs as a housekeeper in Los Angeles. She keeps in touch with Carlitos with weekly phone calls and sends him gifts as well as money and love. When Rosario's mother dies, Carlitos takes life into his own hands and plans to cross the border with a little help from his experience with a wise old lady Coyota (Carmen Salinas) who aids immigrants. With his savings in his backpack and his heart aimed toward Los Angeles he sets out on his journey and is thwarted at every turn. He is picked up by two Hispanic students from the US (America Ferrara and Jesse Garcia) whose attempt to transport Carlitos is halted at the border - with the little Carlitos hidden under the seat of the now towed away car. Carlos escapes from the car in El Paso, meets up with some illegal workers who are arrested, leaving the hidden Carlitos with a reluctant companion Enrique (Eugenio Derbez) who is able to aid Carlitos (reluctantly!) to escape to Los Angeles. Through many 'jobs' and untoward situations Carlitos finally finds his way to the spot where he hopes he will meet his mother.

The rhythms of the cinematography, the sets, the flavors of both sides of the border, and the music that accompanies the film all contribute to making this story real and believable - and VERY touching. While Kate del Castillo is the major star of the film, it is the performance by Adrian Alonso that remains in the mind long after the credits are shown. Some viewers may find this film a bit too 'novella-like', but the magic that Patricia Riggen pulls from her large cast and verismo directing style will touch the hearts of most everyone. A fine little reminder of the other aspects of the Immigration topic! Grady Harp


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