Aquí y Allá
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER OF THE CRITICS WEEK GRAND PRIZE
“Beautifully observant of the stresses immigration places on family and self.”
“As simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.”
“The deep love that binds this man and wife, the tricks the father uses to regain the look of his daughters, is all rendered with a delicacy and almost miraculous simplicity.”
“The emotional quality of time itself emerges as the film’s theme and method.”
“Peaceful, almost biblical and completely absorbing, this film is a masterpiece.”
Aquí Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to now finally make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band: Copa Kings. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family.
Allá The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful. There is also good work in a growing city an hour away. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border. While working in the fields, Pedro meets and begins to mentor a teenager who dreams of the US. That place somehow always feels very present, practically knocking at the door.
Aquí y Allá is a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind.
2012, 110 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles.
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