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      Sangre de Mi Sangre

      Released May 16, 2008 1h 51m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      79% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Pedro (Jorge Adrián Espíndola) is a Mexican immigrant who is traveling by truck to New York City to find his wealthy father, Diego (Jesús Ochoa), a man he has never met. All Pedro has is a 17-year-old letter with an address at which Diego once worked. But on the road a confident man named Juan (Armando Hernández) takes the letter and steals Pedro's identity. Pedro slowly makes his way to New York, but Juan arrives first and finds Diego, convincing him that he is his long-lost son. Read More Read Less

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      This suspenseful Mexican drama portrays the immigrant experience with grit and poignancy.

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      Alissa Wilkinson Paste Magazine Well-acted and gripping, Sangre de mi Sangre augurs well for Zalla's career. Apr 12, 2016 Full Review Andrea Gronvall Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Don Willmott Filmcritic.com Eventually, of course, all the characters will have to collide for a final reckoning, but that moment strains credulity to the breaking point and sabotages the entire enterprise Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 29, 2008 Full Review Stan Hall Oregonian It's the relationships between the characters, layered and emotional, that saves Sangre from itself. Aug 15, 2008 Full Review Ron Wilkinson Monsters and Critics A moving story combined with first rate acting and a great screenplay by a new, but determined, writer/director make this an indie film not to be missed. Modern film noir from the streets of Mexico to the streets of America. Rated: 8/10 Jun 17, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Chris A Found this on appleTV after seeing Christopher Zalla's most recent movie Radical. Whoah. I guess you see some similarities, in terms of really good filmmaking and incredibly visceral atmosphere and rendering of worlds, but whereas Radical is heartwarming with heartbreak, this movie is just ruthless...and kind of amazing. I mean they are both deeply humanistic, but in this one, it's the DARK SIDE of human need and longing, while Radical almost the opposite. With Radical I was chock full of deeply felt emotions, and with Sangre de Mi Sangre I was on the edge of my seat...I mean I could barely deal with the ANXIETY. And oh wow what twists and turns and then POW, it absolutely knocks you off your feet. I guess one thing both movies have in common is that the leave you with a feeling like you just lived through something, and there's a worldview that doesn't shy away from the brutal realities of our world, and especially its harsh social economic truths. But this movie was actually a thriller of the highest order. Like Radical, it seems that Zalla is using genre to turn convention on its head. I literally can't believe I'm only discovering him now! I can't believe that this won Sundance in 2007 and I never heard of it. Whatever is next for Zalla, I'll be buying a ticket opening weekend to see it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/07/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a fast paced movie with an excellent plot and good characters, never boring, never cheesy and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. It is a little sad but this makes it a movie that would stay with you until the end. So for this being one great film and having a great Mexican cast and great performances by all, I give " Sangre De Mi Sangre " a B-. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member "Sangre de mi sangre" is so open-ended and it leaves so many questions unanswered that anyone who watches it is guaranteed to feel unsatisfied after it's over. It might have been quite a cinematic achievement if its screenplay wasn't so uncompromising and frustrating and ambiguous, but it isn't. However, what does make it a somewhat rewarding experience are the performances from Jesus Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Paola Mendoza and Jorge Adrian Espindola, all of whom I am unfamiliar with. Writer/director Christopher Zalla doesn't paint a pretty picture of New York or the human race with his gritty, grimy depiction of the city and its inhabitants. "Sangre de mi sangre" is a maddening film because of how it refuses to give us what we want, but I can't dismiss it as just another indie effort. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member The story is so over the top that it almost makes Crash seem believable. But the characters are so intriguing and the performances so strong that I'm willing to forgive the melodrama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member After his identity is stolen, a Mexican immigrant struggles to find his long-lost father. Telling a story from the perspective of Mexican immigrants and the harsh realities they face making a life, working illegally in the U.S., makes for a strong concept. The politics of the story are just as compelling as the remarkable performances by all four of the lead actors. Jorge Adrian Espindola, especially, brings a vulnerability to a character who essentially serves as the film's villain, and Jesus Ochoa's turn as Diego is almost inspiring. The film's conclusion is doubtlessly unsatisfying. Most of the film built up a powder keg, but the failure of all the stories colliding made the conclusion fizzle. Overall, director Christopher Zalla pulled together two acts of very good filmmaking with excellent performances carrying the weight. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member not that interesting. over rated by an eccentric american audience I assume. Mexican film has much better offerings, and hollywood even turns out better shite than this. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Pedro (Jorge Adrián Espíndola) is a Mexican immigrant who is traveling by truck to New York City to find his wealthy father, Diego (Jesús Ochoa), a man he has never met. All Pedro has is a 17-year-old letter with an address at which Diego once worked. But on the road a confident man named Juan (Armando Hernández) takes the letter and steals Pedro's identity. Pedro slowly makes his way to New York, but Juan arrives first and finds Diego, convincing him that he is his long-lost son.
      Director
      Christopher Zalla
      Producer
      Ben Odell, Per Melita
      Screenwriter
      Christopher Zalla
      Distributor
      IFC First Take
      Production Co
      Cinergy Pictures, Panamax Films
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 16, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $54.2K
      Runtime
      1h 51m
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