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Peruvian and Latinamerican Cinema in spanish

->Country: Mexico.
->Duration: 90 Min.
->Directed By: Gustavo Loza (See Gustavo Loza biography)

Al Otro Lado


Al Otro Lado, written and directed by Gustavo Loza, was Mexico's official selection for the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It offers three stories about children whose fathers are absent. But these men are by no means deadbeat dads; each one has emigrated in the hopes of finding greater prosperity somewhere else. One story involves a boy in Mexico; another has a boy in Cuba; and the last one deals with a young girl in Morocco. Although the film intercuts between the three stories, the film could have just as easily been structured as three separate chapters since each can stand alone as a self-contained story. As with two other San Diego Latino Film Festival entries—Innocent Voices and Machuca—Al Otro Lado takes a child’s perspective on the world. But because of the three-way split the narrative takes, none of the stories develops with the depth, power or intimacy of either Innocent Voices or Machuca.

But Al Otro Lado’s multinational approach emphasizes how widespread such stories are. Each of the three children reacts powerfully to the absence of his or her father, and each takes drastic action to try and bring him back. The film addresses the resiliency as well as the ingenuity of children, but it also suggests that these qualities cannot protect them from all harm. The stories vary in quality. The Mexican tale with its hints of magical realism, and the Moroccan story with its fiercely determined young girl, work best and feature the best performances. The Cuban story plays out as more contrived and the young actor comes across as more self-conscious. In general, director Gustavo Loza works well with the children and keeps the film from their point of view. But because of the time constraints of playing out three stories in less than two hours, he tends to take some shortcuts in the plot to bring each story to a conclusion. Al Otro Lado was an audience favorite and was very well received when it was shown in Ma

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