VIFF 2012 review: Aqui y alla

(Mexico/USA)
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A low-key, artfully shot look at a man’s return from an extended time as a migrant worker in the U.S., a place only referred to as “over there”. We see the toll his absence has taken on him, his wife, and his two daughters, even as he dreams of starting a band and making a go of it in their isolated mountain town. But economic forces and a broken system start to push him, reticently, allá again. Moving, though nonprofessional, performances set against the bleak beauty of altar twinkle lights, pink-and-green plaster houses, and Coke signs.

Granville, October 4 (8:45 p.m.), 8 (3 p.m.), and 12 (9:15 p.m.)

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