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Sin Nombre

On Saturday, we had a very busy day. We saw a grand total of 3 Mexican films.

The first one (Otra Pelicula de Huevos y un pollo) was an animated comedy featuring talking eggs & a chicken, and to be honest, I think you have to be Mexican to get most of the jokes.  I was in a row with several Mexican people who where practically doubled over laughing when one of the eggs said something which I though was about 15% funny. Oh well, I guess it was entertaining enough.  I liked the animation & appreciated the very high production quality.

The second (Los Herederos) was a documentary about kids living in rural Mexico.  I found this to be a very powerful film.  It contained very little actual dialog - it mostly showed this kids working hard.  Damn hard -  expected to work as hard as the adults from a very early age.  I'll not go into much detail - I reckon anyone who has an interest in Mexico should see it for themselves.

The last one (Sin Nombre) was by far the best of the 3, and has deservedly won several Sundance awards (amongst several other film awards around the world).
It centers on 3 main characters;  A young Honduran girl traveling with her father and brother from Honduras through Mexico, heading for the US border.  They plan to attempt to enter the US to join with family living in New Jersey.  The other two main characters are Wily, a member of a notorious gang and a young kid (12ish?) whose name we never learn, but gets the gang name 'Smiley' after a fairly horrific initiation.

Again, I don't want to give much away - this is certainly a film that everyone ought to see for themselves.  It's gritty, beautifully made and revealing.


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