7 Soles 2009 NR

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7 Soles (7 Suns) is a movie that will allow the world to visualize the cruel tragedy that many undocumented immigrants suffer in the Arizona desert everyday.Beaten, tortured, robbed, kidnapped, raped, murdered. The scenes are based on real testimonies from those that have survived the journey across "the devil's highway."

Starring:
Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Luis Ávila
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

7 Soles

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ixta_coyotl on May 11, 2010
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I bought this DVD based on the good reviews here and also for the lead actor, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, who has been a mainstay of the New Mexican Cinema movement for the last decade. While 7 Soles was interesting and definitely had some bright spots, overall it's a far cry short of the many great Mexican films of the 2000s. In fact, it feels more like a well-produced television movie.

First the positives: Sanchez Parra gives a good performance, in this his first leading actor credit that I have seen. Some of the camerawork is also excellent: for example there is a still scene of a truck driving past a border fence, which is a marvelous exercise in artistic simplicity (it feels just like Gabriel Figueroa in color). There are several shots like that. Also, the off-angle aerial shots of Chicago do a great job of capturing the awe of life in a bustling American metropolis, especially when contrasted with the slow-moving pace of life in the Mexican village. The effect is to dizzy you at the wonder, much as a rural immigrant might see it upon their own arrival. Finally, the details of the Mexican village are spot-on accurate, down to the tablecloth in the kitchen and the mesquite tree in the yard. The process of migration with the coyotes is in many cases also very accurately portrayed.

While the negatives never really ruined my enjoyment of the film, they almost immediately disqualify 7 Soles from consideration as a serious piece of filmmaking. First of all are the performances: many of the actors here don't shine past daytime soap opera quality.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Federico on November 24, 2009
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Qué maravilla de película, es importante que sepamos lo que muchos viven para lograr un sueño y una mejor calidad de vida! Este DVD debería estar en la colección de todos los inmigrantes de los estados unidos para que no olvidemos de dónde venimos y como vinimos!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Arias on December 8, 2009
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This movie is very well written and acted and gives a vivid image of what many people go through trying to cross the border in order to seek a better life for themselves and their children. All crossings are difficult and dangerous, some more than others. And unfortunately, a lot of people die. Is it really worth it? Evidently a lot of people think it's worth the risk. Very touching movie. I had to just sit and think for a while after it was over.
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By Sheela on January 21, 2013
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This is a great film: the writing, acting, directing, etc. A must watch for all U.S. tweens & teens & adults as it is educational & will assist one in appreciating what we have here in the states. It should also educate one as to the plight of poor Mexicans...I watched this several times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Milagro Castro on November 19, 2010
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My heart broke to see what immigrants go through trying to come to America for a better life. This was an eye opener and a must see for those who don't know what others go through trying to find a better life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LoveMyGuatemalan on October 29, 2010
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This Story couldn't be more realisticly made, about what happens when someone tries to cross the boarder illegaly to have a better life and who want to help their family members back home by risking their own lives. A MUST SEE!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ElCarlin on July 11, 2010
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First off I just want to say This was not a bad movie. I liked the very graphic realism and scenery of the film, I liked the way it was shot and how you can really feel these people's pain agony and thirst. You see many people die even some of those you think were going to survive die but that goes along with the reality of the film although it almost feels like the message is: people always die in the desert so keep your ass in Mexico.

Apart from that I expected this movie to be sad and in its best moments it really is a touching story, but my main problems were with the storytelling; the acting was not all that great and something that really bothered me was the movie's main character/villain. Some actors can really make you cheer for a character you would normally hate but poor Parra was just given a bad role, in one scene he stabs a guy for standing up to him then rapes a woman for asking for water and in the next he's a sweet guy who cares about Evangelina's character and her kids and just wants to do one last trip so he can get away from this life. Oh I get it, he's not a perverted rapist or degenerate psycopath he's just misunderstood you know, he's an orphan or something. Bulls#!t.

Then we have the little girl who spends most of the film drawing on rocks, now i understand she's just a child but there's children out there who can act like they're sad when all these people around them die. I really dont want to ruin the rest of the movie for anyone so im just going to stop, like i said its not a bad movie i just could not sympathize for the murdering rapist as badly as Pedro Ultrearas wanted me to.
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