Drama | In Spanish with English subtitles | 139 minutes
Arturo is a coffee picker in Guatemala. He and his fellow pickers labor in the hot sun with little relief and low wages. Arturo urges the workers to form a union and negotiate with the owner for better working conditions and higher pay. They set a meeting place. However when a co-worker is bribed to betray them, government troops appear at the meeting and kill the workers, including Arturo. Arturo’s bereft son Enrique and daughter Rosa are determined to make the long and arduous journey to the United States (El Norte). They manage to make it to Los Angeles but they soon realize that working as illegal immigrants can be precarious.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
- Metacritic Score: 75
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Screenplay
- Montreal World Film Festival: Winner, Best Film
- Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
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From the very first moments of EL NORTE, we know we are in the hands of a great movie. It tells the simple story in such a romantic and poetic way that we are touched, deeply and honestly, and we know we will remember this film for a long time.
Through the devices of fiction, EL NORTE manages to provoke a number of healthily contradictory feelings about the world we all inhabit. EL NORTE makes one of the most boldly original and satirical social-political statements ever to be found in a film about the United States as a land power as well as a land of opportunity.
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