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Down for Life (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 January 2011 (USA)
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Based on a true story depicting a single dramatic day in the life of a Latina gang leader in South Central L.A.

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Jessica Romero ...
Rascal
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Mr. Shannon
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Mr. Hightower
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Officer Barber
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Esther
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Rafael
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Flaco
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Officer Guttierez
Andres Xavier Sanchez ...
Sneaky
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Mrs. Rivera
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Mrs. Castro
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Vanessa
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Aisha
Isamar Guijarro ...
Troubles
Sheila Ochoa ...
Grumpy
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Based on a true story depicting a single dramatic day in the life of a Latina gang leader in South Central L.A.

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use
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My vote for the best of the 2009 TIFF
8 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I rolled into TO for the last weekend of the 2009 TIFF (Toronto Int'l Film Festival) and went on a whirlwind movie spree, seeing nine movies in two days. Some, like My Son, My Son What Ye Done, were god awful, pretentious art-house junk and others, like Jennifer's Body, were pretty good, but head and shoulders above the other eight was Down For life. This gritty inner city drama, which is apparently a true story inspired by a New Times article, crackles with realism and the performers seem to be simply living rather than acting at all. The action scenes are gripping and look more like Youtube than Hollywood, thanks to the skilled direction of little-known director, Alan Jacobs.

Jessica Romero, was cast right off the streets of East Central to play the lead role of Rascal, the streetwise leader of a small women's wing of a Latino gang. The whole story takes place in a single chaotic day in her violence-filled life. Conflict surrounds her, both inside and outside the gang, as well as in the home. On top of all this is a looming deadline for entry to a summer writing program that Rasacal is being encouraged to apply for by a concerned teacher played by Danny Glover. The program might be an escape hatch to a better life or may just add to her problems. The crisp story moves along quickly and eventually takes us a scene so jarring that viewers seemed to jump back in their seats as one.

Down For Life is a current and raw film made in the vein of such inner city classics as Boyz n The Hood. It is an independent film and may be hard to find, but as the best film of 2009, thus far, it is well worth the effort. If you would like to read more of my reviews, slide over to realmoviereview.com.


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