Directed by Patricia Riggen, La Misma Luna, or Under the Same Moon is a Spanish film about the story of a boy who crosses the Mexican border to find his mother. La Misma Luna is rated PG-13 and was produced by Ligiah Villalobos and Gerrardo Barrera. The film was produced in Mexico and was just recently released. The film centers around a young boy named Carlitos and his mother Rosario. In hopes of finding a better life for her son, Rosario has been working illegally in the United States, while her mother stays back in Mexico to care for Carlitos. Carlitos has been wanting to see his mother for a long time, and when his grandmother unexpectedly dies, Carlitos can no longer wait. Carlitos decides to go on an incredible journey to cross the border alone to find his mother in America, where she has been working to obtain American citizenship. However Carlitos’s journey is all but easy.
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He faces several challenging obstacles on the way and a scary instance at the border where he is almost caught. First Carlitos is smuggled in an SUV and hidden in the trunk where a couple attempt to take him across the border. However, he is nearly caught by the border patrol who search the car. Luckily, Carlitos makes it across the border but his troubles don’t get any better. He soon finds himself deserted when the lady finds her car taken after crossing the border. At a bus stop in Texas he nearly gets sold into child slavery, but he is rescued by a good woman who takes care of illegals. Before long, Carlitos almost gets busted again, this time picking tomatoes with a group of illegal, on their way to California, but luckily he is rescued again by an immigrant named Enrique. Rosario has been ignorant of Carlitos’ adventures this entire time, but the movie ends with a happy ending as Carlitos reaches his mother and they are reunited.
I found this movie to be very entertaining, and I also thought it carried some valuable lessons. This movie made me realize how unfortunate some situations are in Mexico, because Rosario has to leave her son and her mother to come work illegally in the United States so that her son can have a better life. This movie made be thankful that I am not separated from my family and do not have to go to great lengths to unite with them. This movie made me realize how hard it is for people to cross the border and make it into the United States. I notice Carlitos’ struggles when he was attempting to cross the border and how desperate he was to unite with his mother.
In addition to being a story of Carlitos’s bond with his mother and his determination to see her, I also thought that the movie carried a slight political message. I think it might have been trying to persuade the audience in the illegal immigration debate. The movie did an excellent job addressing these real problems at hand and showing the hardship illegal immigrants face, and at the same making it an enjoyable film. I also enjoyed the Mexican music that was played throughout the film. Several words that I learned during the movie include: 1. “ Luna” means moon2. “ Frontera” means border3. “ Ciudadania” means citizenship4. “ Tronco” means trunkBibliography1. The Film (La Misma Luna or Under the Same Moon)2. Dictionary. com for translations