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Buscando A Leti - In Search of Leti, is written and performed in Spanish, subtitled in English. Leti... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Yovanny Cabarcas ... Comentator
Carmen Cenko ... Agustina
Juan Manuel De la Torre ... Rigoberto - adult
Sabrina Duarte ... Ms. Montez
Claudia Ximena Enriquez ... Dolore - child
Marco Cesar Escareño ... Rigoberto - child
Samara Estephania Escareño ... Dolore - adult

Rosa Isela Frausto ... Ms. Gonzalez
Ana Celia Gomez ... Gloria - adult
Hernam Gonzalez ... Baldemar - child
Gilberto Lozano ... Juan
Lupita Magaña ... Angeles - adult
Olivia Marquez ... Nicolasa
Juan Carlos Martinez Avila ... Macario
Juan Manuel Paz Moreno ... Vitorio - Grandpa
Joe Noel Pineda Miranda ... Baldemar - adult
Antonia Rivera ... Maria
Rebeca Rodriguez ... Angeles - child
Tatiana Tien Tapia ... Leti
Maritza Villegas ... Gloria - child
Marlene Viramontes ... Rafa

Directed by
Dalia Tapia 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Romeo Diaz 
Tadeo Garcia 
Dalia Tapia  written by
Guadalupe Vazquez 

Produced by
Tadeo Garcia .... co-producer
Dalia Tapia .... producer
Original Music by
Wanda DeCwikiel-Avila 
Cinematography by
Jose Luis Rios  (as Jose Rios)
Meena Singh 
Film Editing by
Johanna Chacón 
Lucy Cordon 
Casting by
Mercedes Yolanda Cooper 
Makeup Department
Alma Garcia .... makeup by
Production Management
Romeo Diaz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tadeo Garcia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Romeo Diaz .... carpenter
Belen Estrada .... set designer
Monica Selene Gonzalez Garcia .... set dresser
Ernesto Rivera-Machuca .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Bryan Apolinar .... sound recordist
Robert Athey .... sound recordist
Jesus Beltra .... boom operator
Andrew Mohammed .... dialogue editor
Tres-e Tamandong .... dialogue editor
Bryan Tapia .... foley artist
Ivan Tapia .... foley artist
Diego Trejo .... sound mixer
Eric Yoder .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Oliver Allingol .... gaffer
Julie Bucck .... grip
Rafael Cordon .... grip
Cameron Dershem .... additional electrician: Chicago unit
Cameron Dershem .... gaffer: re-shoots: Mexico unit
Sarah Katherine Dignan .... assistant camera
Belen Estrada .... second assistant camera
Francisco Galindo .... grip
Lindsay N. Gilmore .... first assistant camera
Carl Hearse .... assistant camera
Yu-Ting Hsuch .... assistant camera
Addae Larrieu .... gaffer
Joe Noel Pineda .... second assistant camera
Lemuel Shaffer .... gaffer
Andrea Vestrand .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Monserrat Dominguez .... wardrobe
Music Department
Alma Castillo .... musician
Lucy Gamboa .... musician
Gilberto Lozano .... musician
Sam Meneses .... musician
Maria Morales .... musician
Fredy Rosales .... musician
Israel Rosales .... musician
Carlo Tamayo .... musician
Brett VanDonsel .... musician
Dan Dinello .... thanks
Edward James Olmos .... thanks
Dolores Reyes-Tapia .... special thanks
Bruce Sheridan .... thanks


Additional Details

USA:96 min
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a plain film with a clear view into a different life, 18 February 2007
Author: TanjBennett from Seattle

This is a film balanced somewhere between documentary and tear-jerker, but ultimately is neither. It just seems like that because the setting is quite real and the reality is moving.

Quite apart from the central story of Leti I found the detailed surroundings quite fascinating. The interactions between the children, between the grown-ups, and society as a whole. This is not much of a story about immigration to the USA, although that is background and a brief part of the story is an interlude in Chicago. If you are looking for an immigration expose this is not it. Mostly the story is about the family (both close, and extended) left behind. You get a broad brush image of family relations, prejudices, marriage, machismo, religion, and the flavor of the town where Leti and her brothers and sisters are growing up. And not painted either pretty or nasty on the whole - simply shown to you for you to think about. Plenty of things to think about.

The acting is varied. Leti, her mother, abuelito and abuelita are all well acted. Nobody else has a big role. Kudos to Leti's fairer sister who starts out a little wooden but you can see becomes a much better actress as the film progresses. There are a couple of violent scenes which are acted out in an obviously faked way - not big budget stunt person stuff. Really, it does not matter, the film has its personality and the acting gets the story across.

Colors and cinematography are occasionally allowed some free reign to show the countrysides and cityscapes. Presentation was letterbox, a disappointment (hey studio dunderheads! use anamorphic, give us proper DVD quality). Subtitles are kept within the letterbox frame, a good thing (you can read them when the film is expanded to full screen). Translation was competent. Sound was clear and the soundtrack choice of music was generally helpful.

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