Entre nos

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Entre Nos
Directed by Paola Mendoza
Gloria LaMorte
Produced by Michael Skolnik
Joseph LaMorte
Written by Paola Mendoza
Gloria LaMorte
Starring Paola Mendoza
Distributed by IndiePix Films
Release dates 2009 Tribeca Film Festival[1]
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
Language Spanish

Entre Nos is a 2009 drama film[2] starring Paola Mendoza. The film, which was co-written and co-directed by Mendoza with Gloria LaMorte, explores the life of Mariana, a Colombian immigrant attempting to survive on the streets of New York City with her two children. The film has been screened at over 14 film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, has won numerous awards, and has garnered generally positive reviews.

Synopsis[edit]

Mariana (Mendoza) is a Colombian immigrant who has recently traveled to New York with her two children, 10 year-old Gabriel (Sebastian Villada Lopez) and 6 year-old Andrea (Laura Montana Cortez) in order to be reunited with her husband Antonio (Andres Munar). However, one day Antonio leaves his family after announcing that he has found work in Miami, and it soon becomes apparent to Mariana that he does not intend to return. Seeing this, she sets out with her children onto the streets of Queens in an attempt to scrape together a decent living. When selling her homemade empanadas fails to bring in any money, Mariana and the children begin collecting aluminum cans off the city's streets. Complications arise, and soon the family finds itself in a desperate day-to-day struggle for survival.[3]

The film is a semi-autobiographical tale based on the arrival of Mendoza's own mother to the United States;[3] however, this fact is not revealed to the audience until a post-film sequence immediately before the credits roll.[4]

Production[edit]

The screenplay for Entre Nos took two years to complete.[3] Due to the strict requirements of the roles, LaMorte and Mendoza auditioned over 200 girls for the role of Andrea and over 300 boys for the role of Gabriel before ultimately settling on Cortez and Villada.[3]

The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, and has since had subsequent screenings both on the festival circuit and in select cinemas in New York and Miami.[1]

Cast[edit]

Role Played By
Mariana Paola Mendoza
Gabriel Sebastian Villada
Andrea Laura Montana Cortez
Joe Anthony Chisholm
Antonio Andres Munar
Preet Sarita Choudhury
Mi-Sun Isabel Sung

Reception[edit]

Awards[5][edit]

Event Year Award Recipient Result
Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival 2009 Prize of the City of Setúbal Paola Mendoza
Gloria La Morte
Won
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 2009 Jury Award - Best Film Paola Mendoza
Gloria La Morte
Won
Newport International Film Festival 2009 Audience Award Paola Mendoza
Gloria La Morte
Won
Tribeca Film Festival 2009 Honorable Mention - Narrative Feature Paola Mendoza
Gloria La Morte
Won

Critical Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 83% of professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.2/10.[6] A review by Andy Webster of The New York Times said of directors Mendoza and LaMorte that "both are deft with pacing, composition and atmosphere," in addition to claiming that the scenes involving Mariana's children "have charm and authenticity." [7] The New York Post called Mendoza's performance "heart-tugging." [8] David Noh of Film Journal International described the film as "an indictment of this incredibly wealthy country's indifference to the less fortunate," and praised the performances of Villada and Cortez, referring to the two as "miracles of naturalism." [9] Michelle Orange of The Village Voice called the film "strangely resonant" and claimed the directors have a "mitigating eye for destitution."[4] According to a post on Slashfilm, Michael Moore included Entre Nos on his list of the 20 best films of 2009, in an email Moore sent to those on his mailing list.[10]

References[edit]

[2] [1] [3] [4] [5] [7] [8] [9] [10]

  1. ^ a b c "Entre Nos | The Inspiring Film About A Young Immigrant Mother's Journey In America - screenings". Entrenosfilm.com. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Official blog for the film Entre Nos". 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e http://entrenosfilm.com/uploads/EntreNosPressKit.pdf
  4. ^ a b c Michelle Orange (2010-05-11). "Entre Nos, Tribute to an Immigrant Mother's Survival - Page 1 - Movies - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212456/awards
  6. ^ Entre nos (Between Us) - Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ a b Webster, Andy (2010-05-14). "Movie Review - Entre Nos - An Immigrant Story - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  8. ^ a b Musetto, V.A (2010-05-14). "Movie review: Entre Nos". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Film Review: Entre Nos". Filmjournal.com. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  10. ^ a b "Michael Moore’s Top 20 Movies of 2009 and Why The Hurt Locker is “Very Political” | /Film". Slashfilm.com. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-06-09.