I was listening to the radio this morning and apparently, Thursday is the new Friday for office people. Thirsty Thursday is no longer restricted to college students. I took the evening to go watch a movie. It was great. The place was not at all crowded and the traffic was hassle-free. Just how I would see it in my perfect dream.
Speaking of movies, have you ever watched a film that, at the end, you feel like you got punched in the stomach? I’m talking about movies that leave you stuck in your seat, wide-eyed, dazed, amazed and confused as the credits roll. You know, the type of movie that makes you rush home to research the director, their story and to learn more about other movies they’ve already made. Or to at least know their name so you can drop it in conversations and look cool. You don’t do that? You’re gonna start doing that now, right? Well, for me, that movie is Sin Nombre.
Two years ago, while spending a semester in Washington DC, a couple of friends and I decided to go watch a movie. By the time we got to the movie theater, it was after midnight, we were hungry and a little cranky. After getting food, we stumbled into an independent movie theater and randomly picked this movie because we were really curious about the title. Sin Nombre. Without Name. Nameless. Hmm…And one of the executive producers is Gael Garcia Bernal? Four tickets, please!
So, we sat in a dark room with about 2 or 3 other people and had our minds metaphorically blown for an hour and a half. Let me ruin it for you a little bit. It’s about Immigration, Gangs, Loyalty, Sacrifice, and Love. Love between Father and child, Love between boy and girl, love between 2 strangers and the price of the promise of a better life. It’s deep. It’s raw. It’s in-your-face. We cringed, we laughed, we held back tears and we walked out of the theater, speechless. As students who were researching about Immigration and living “inside the beltway” where it was regarded mostly as a policy issue, it was good to be reminded that it’s not just a political issue. Immigration is often a life-or-death issue. The fact that a few of us in the group had personal stories with the subject made it hit home even closer.
Sin Nombre is written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the half Japanese-Swedish American film director, writer and cinematographer with a penchant for the dark. He’s currently directing a darker, more gothic adaptation of Jane Eyre. He won the Directing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (and is totally dreamy…yep, I just said that).
If you’re someone (like me) who loves ruining movies for yourself , you can check out the Wikipedia summary of Sin Nombre. If you’ve seen it, i’d love to hear/read what you thought, post-film viewing.
Here’s a video and an article. Just because I like you very much.