Nero, a deported Mexican, returns illegally to the U.S in search of his identity. He joins the U.S army as a Green card soldier, a shortcut to citizenship. Lost in a maze, Nero fights to obtain his nationality.



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Beverly Hills Police Officer
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Jesus Maldonado
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Nero, a deported Mexican, returns illegally to the U.S in search of his identity. An intimate portrait of a I9 year old Latino, fighting his destiny, whilst witnessing the madness in all the characters he encounters, and the reality that strikes them all. Written by Anthony Ray

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23 October 2016 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Soy Nero isn't an ordinary movie : definitely not commercial, it is rather a tale, like the one told in the introduction. A tale about the despair of Nero, a Mexican young man chased from California where he has grown, and he is trying to get back where his roots must continue to grow. In fact, it seems to be Rafi Pitts story, being half English and half Iranian, he grew in England and France. But his first movies were shot in Iran, they were maybe too politically incorrect and finally Rafi Pitts isn't allowed to return in Iran. Do you lose your soul when you lose your roots? Soy Nero seems to answer yes to the question . Nero desperately searches to establish himself in the American dream country of his youth, like his brother Jesus who lives in a gorgeous villa in Beverlly Hills. But Nero soon discovers his brother's truth and everything changes, forever.

Paradoxically, his only way to get American identity is to enlist in US army and fight in Afghanistan, like all the famous green card soldiers. Soy Nero is the first movie to treat this subject, it isn't done on a demonstrative tone. Rafi Pitts seems rather fan of John Cassavetes, Wim Wenders or Jim Jarmusch, this kind of wandering cinema. When I heard the theme tune, it made me think of the Ry Cooder bottleneck guitar in Paris,Texas. The following sequences reminded me of John Cassavetes movies,especially with the American in the car and at his brother's place in Beverly Hills.

And then second part in war, I thought of Sam Fuller's war movies like The Big Red One, same scenes of soldiers in ambush. Fuller could have said : Rafi? Sounds a good name for a character in a movie. And the last sequence repeats tragically another in the beginning. And the final theme tune is still guitar, but not acoustic, it is wildly fuzzy.

Getting out of the theater still thinking of the movie, I walked back to the sub in Paris looking at three generations of migrants living on the sidewalks, asking myself so many questions ...

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