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In America (2002)
firstname.lastname@example.org"s comment on the mail page said "I didn't buy it and I also didn't buy the ridiculous ending with Mateo supposedly giving his spirit and life for the baby down the hall fighting for his." I didn't look at it this way. Instead it seemed to me that the director mixed scenes together that where happening at the same time showing different aspects/emotions. That scene showed death winning as Mateo dies and at the same time life winning as the baby lives. The same goes for, one of my favorite scenes, when the baby is conceived. Some people complained that it was 'too much'. I saw it showing the passion and the love the husband and wife had mixed with the anger and rage of Mateo along with the excitement and awe of the girls eating ice cream in the store window during the storm.
The movie was amazing in the way it showed most people just going through the motions of living after events that tore apart their lives. Then how with sharing the burdens with each other they over come what was controlling their lives. The only thing that kept the family from completely falling apart was the 2 little girls. I think the father was envious of Mateo because he could cry so easily while he hasn't been able to cry since the death of his son. Telling himself he never wanted to feel that way again but in fact he had stopped living. In the end when he does cry he is letting go and starting to live again. You even see it in the building's tenants, no one comes out except Mateo when the girls are trick or treating but in the end they have a gathering to welcome the baby home.