Under the Same Moon

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208073958
UPC 024543526902
UPC 14 00024543526902
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Patricia Riggen delivers a heartwarming debut with UNDER THE SAME MOON. The story of the enduring bond between mother and son, the film stars Kate del Castillo as Rosario, a mother struggling to support her family in Mexico while living illegally in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, her son, Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), is left under the care of his grandmother. But when she dies, nine-year-old Carlitos embarks on a colorful and arduous journey across the border in search of his mother. The script has Carlitos narrowly escaping kidnapping, drug addicts, and Border Patrol workers, aided by the unlikely friendships he forges along the way. As we watch Rosario grapple with life as an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles, Carlitos's optimism and strength of spirit gain him a migrant worker (Eugenio Derbez) as a traveling companion. ^Riggen keeps a potentially depressing topic surprisingly light by including frequent musical interludes, and cinematographer Checco Varese takes care to create a visual journey that's stunning throughout. America Ferrera (UGLY BETTY, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES) appears in a small role, but it is 13-year-old Alonso who steals the show as the brave, funny, and precocious Carlitos. Apart from the subtitles, the film offers family viewing for parents and children alike. While it touches on timely and pressing issues concerning immigration and discrimination, the film, which won a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, works on a simpler level as well by focusing primarily on the sweet relationship between a mother and her son.
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] powerful and evocative account of the efforts undertaken to forge a perilous mother-and-child reunion....It is a moving tale of yearning, as well as unflagging courage and determination." 03/19/2008
Los Angeles Times "A director with a talent for putting emotion on film, she knows how to get those tears flowing, both on screen and in the theater." 03/19/2008
Box Office "[M]ostly the movie floats on the sincerity of Alonso as Carlitos..." 04/01/2008 p.62
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he director has smuggled us, with no-bull authority, into the rituals, jokes, and survival games of a culture of half-existence: people who live in two places and nowhere at all." -- Grade: A- 03/28/2008 p.50
Premiere "[T]he acting is superb, with Derbez due for special mention....There's something in his bearing and gaze that's appealingly off-kilter..." 03/19/2008
Patricia Riggen
Adrian Alonso
America Ferrera
Cast & Crew
Kate Del Castillo - Star
Eugenio Derbez - Star
Adrian Alonso - Star
America Ferrera - Star
Maya Zapata - Star
Carmen Salinas - Star
Jesse Garcia - Star
Tigres Del Norte - Cameo
Checco Varese - Director of Photography
Ligiah Villalobos - Executive Producer
Ligiah Villalobos - Screenwriter
Patricia Riggen - Producer
Ram Bergman - Executive Producer
Tigres Del Norte - Music
Norman Dreyfuss - Executive Producer
Carlo Siliotto - Composer
Gerardo Barrera - Producer
Patricia Riggen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 2252690
UPC 00024543526902
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Spanish
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ferrera,America
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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