A street-smart orphan determined to make a better life for himself and his sixteen year-old sister spends his days working in an auto body repair shop in director Ramin Bahrani's gritty coming of age drama. Alejandro may be a young boy on the verge of adolescence, but his tough persona and driving ambition give the impression of a man twice his age. As with many street kids Alejandro has been forced to mature before his time. Now, in a disheveled junkyard on the outer edge of Queens, New York, one boy will learn what it means to become a man as he sets out to build a brighter future for the only family he knows. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie wasn't bad. It was a very realistic portrayal of a queens chop shop. The characters were good but the acting was sub par. I didn't feel for them as much as I probably should have considering their situations. The movie is slow. The movie is dry. Some may find it boring. Artsy film.
Solid, well made, beautifully shot neo-realist film. A 12 year old boy, living on his own, works in an auto repair place, in the midst of The surreal "iron triangle" of low rent car repair shops in Queens, NYC. His 16 year old sister joins him, and they dream of bigger things, while she works part time as a hooker, and he works at the shop, runs scams, and steals. It all feels very real, the sense of detail of a strange world is terrific, and yet there is somehow a lack of an emotional punch, the film feels a bit disconnected. Maybe in part because the young lead is not all that great. I felt aware he was saying written lines and following directions. And in turn that kept me from getting as emotionally invested as I did with, say, "Pixote". Always interesting, just never transcended for me. Many critics loved this, so I'm willing to take a second look, but I was even more impressed by the preceeding Ramin Bahrani film "Man Push Cart", and his following "Goodbye Solo".