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Chop Shop (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | 27 February 2008 (USA)
Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.

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Ramin Bahrani

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Polanco Alejandro Polanco ... Ale
Isamar Gonzales Isamar Gonzales ... Isamar
Rob Sowulski Rob Sowulski ... Rob
Carlos Zapata Carlos Zapata ... Carlos
Ahmad Razvi ... Ahmad
Anthony Felton Anthony Felton ... Carlos's Uncle
Evelisse 'Lilah' Ortiz Evelisse 'Lilah' Ortiz ... Lilah
Michael 'Gringo' Nieto Michael 'Gringo' Nieto ... Construction Foreman
Carlos Ayala Carlos Ayala ... Carlos the Pigeon Worker
Laura Patalano ... Laura
Nick Jasprizza ... The 'John'
Bedford T. Bentley Bedford T. Bentley ... Broken Mirror Customer (as Nick Bentley)
Edwin Rojas Edwin Rojas ... Rob's Worker
Roy Francisco Green Roy Francisco Green ... Rob's Worker
Billy Klatzis Billy Klatzis ... Rob's Worker
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Storyline

Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

На запчасти See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,475, 2 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,731, 13 July 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A pre - teen Latino boy struggles to make a life for him and his sister on the back streets of New York.
5 October 2008 | by bwanabrad-1See all my reviews

Chop Shop. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani ( Man Push Cart). Bahrani specializes in character driven studies in naturalist style films about the sort of little people that get passed by every day, without anyone ever really noticing they are there, in New York.

These are people who have been pushed to the very fringe of society. They exist in a sort of grey world, many of them migrants whose legal status in America is appears somewhat doubtful. Where do they come from ? How did they get there ? How do they cope ? Where will they end up ? These are not feel good stories as such, but stories about survival at its most basic, day to day level.

Ale is one such street kid. He has no education and hustles anyway he can, to save money, he is also not beyond turning to petty theft. Mostly he is anxious to be reunited with his older sister. We see him in the early scenes ringing a safe house looking for her, but not having any real success. A young friend, Carlos gets him a job in a chop shop, in the shadows of Shea baseball stadium. Eventually his older sister comes to live on site with him, but he is jealous of the motives of her friends and suspicious of how she makes extra money. He dreams of buying a food van and setting up a vending business with his older sister.

Bahrani shoots all his films on location. There is nothing glossy or glossed over about them. This is life as these people have to live it, in the raw. lt is not pretty although it is never ominous, and the slightly despairing air that hangs over much of the film, is the same one that hangs over these peoples' everyday lives.

The script is also very natural and the characters are given plenty of scope and room to work in. Polanco is outstanding in the lead role, and Gonzalez gives solid support as the older sister.


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