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The Blue Diner (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 April 2001 (USA)
Eager to become a businesswoman, an immigrant from Puerto Rico tries to adjust to life in the United States.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Meche (as Miriam Colón)
... Elena
... Tito
William Marquez ... Papo
Virginia Rambal ... Vika
... Brian
... Héctor
Fidel Vicioso ... Patricio
... Singer in Club
... Museum security guard
... Dog casket shopper
René Sánchez ... Don Benito
Chuck Brinig ... Theo
... Banker
Lonnie Farmer ... Lawyer
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On her 26th birthday, Elena suffers an anomaly: she loses her ability to speak Spanish. It happens during a late-night argument with her mother, the janitor at a Boston museum, over several family issues: Elena's missing father (gone since she was a young child) and her feeling caught between two men, a Latin artist named Tito, who has no Green Card, and her Irish-American boss, Brian. What explains the loss of her native tongue? Does it matter within the larger challenges of finding her father, choosing between men, and reconciling with her mother? Some answers may come at the Blue Diner, where Papo, the Cuban proprietor, serves up brains and a special pepper. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality
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La Fonda azul  »

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Used excess film stock from the production of James Cameron's Titanic (1997). See more »

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Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
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A look at Latinos in a new light
18 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have just seen "La Fonda Azul" (The Blue Diner) on PBS. Since I live in Massachussetts, and this film was shot in Boston, I had heard about it obliquely in the "Arts" section of the newspaper.

I am glad I took the time to see it. What struck me about it is that it presents the life of Hispanic immigrants in a way I have not seen before, it is not cliched in either direction (one being the R rated action movie treatment of Latinos, the other being the syrupy blandness of sitcom "Latino" families.)

It has characters that, in my eyes, reflect real struggles of cultural identity, and of living in the present without forgetting the past.

What I also found interesting about it is that other "fish out of water" can identify with the characters, not just Hispanics. (Just ask anybody originally from the deep South now living in New England, for example...)


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