Here and There: New York Film Festival 2012



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New York Film Festival 2012: Here and There

New York Film Festival 2012: Here and There

Pedro (Pedro de Los Santos) returns home to rural Mexico after an extended tenure in the U.S., where he was earning money for his family. His wife and two daughters barely know him; when Pedro tries to restart his music career, he finds that his old bandmates have long since moved on. Still, he’s got dreams of providing a modest life for his brood—though it’s only a matter of time before those minimal hopes get squashed as well. The Grand Prize winner of this year’s Critics’ Week sidebar at Cannes, Antonio Méndez Esparza’s debut keeps the story’s melodramatic aspects impressively muted (an extended sequence involving a prematurely born baby smartly favors anxiety over histrionics). Unfortunately, the director also tamps way down on the momentum, and for every wonderfully realized sequence like a fake-busking concert Pedro performs for his family, there are long periods where the line between deliberate and sluggish gets erased. Things are tough all over, the movie tells us: here, there and everywhere. But then, you knew that, didn’t you?—David Fear

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