R, 96 min.
Director/Writer: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Kristian Ferrer, Giovanni Florido, Diana García, Gerardo Taracena, Fernando Manzano, Guillermo Villegas
“Sin Nombre” is a devastating film about two lives that intersect in one’s attempt to cross the Mexican boarder to the U.S. She is a teenage Honduran whose father has been deported from a family she doesn’t know in America. Her father is determined to bring her and his brother back to the States with him. The other is a Guatemalan gang member who may not be made for the life he’s chosen. We meet him as he recruits a young boy into the gang whose initiation involves a brutal beating by the other members of the gang.
The gang’s practice of raiding the trains to steal from people immigrating to America is what brings their lives together. She needs some drive to pull her into the idea of America. She doesn’t feel like she belongs to the family her father is bringing her to. She sees this gang member needing to escape from his life. He gives her the need to escape herself.
Cary Fukunaga’s film is beautiful in its stark look at these lives. He shows us two choices that must be made in the way these characters want to live their lives in a place that offers few choices. He finds beauty in their environments. A train yard, the little hovels of a Honduran hillside, a cemetery where the graves might be filled by souls before any bodies are ever buried there, this is a Mexico of dark beauty. He shows us the need for the choice to immigrate illegally.