Under the Same Moon is the latest Latina-led film release by Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by Patricia Riggen, and written by Ligiah Villalobos. This story, which focuses on family reunification among undocumented workers in the US, has finally made its way to the silver screen.
We meet Rosario (Kate del Castillo), a Mexican mother living and working in California, and her 8-year-old son Carlitos (Adrian Alonso) who lives in Mexico with his ailing maternal grandmother. Faced with the death of his grandmother and the overwhelming desire to be with his mother, Carlitos decides to find her in California. Leaving Mexico with the money he has saved for over five years and an address his mother leaves on letters to him, Carlitos begins his journey north.
Carlitos pays a virgin coyote, Marta (America Ferrera), to get him across the US-Mexico border, yet is unsuccessful. His desire to be reunited with his mother leads him to Enrique (Eugenio Derbez), an undocumented worker. As expected, the two become friends, and Enrique acts as a father figure to Carlitos as they cross the border together.
I’d sum this film up in one word: predictable. Although the America Ferrera cameo is great, the best part is newcomer Adrian Alonso, who has the face of a young Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También) and a stunning command of the screen. You won’t feel too guilty waiting to check this film out when it gets on DVD.
Check out the trailer for Under the Same Moon here.