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The First Night (La Primera Noche) (2003)

Carolina Lizarazo , John Álex Toro , Luis Alberto Restrepo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Carolina Lizarazo, John Álex Toro, Hernán Méndez, Enrique Carriazo, Alfonso Ortiz
  • Directors: Luis Alberto Restrepo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ILYYWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The First Night (La Primera Noche)" on IMDb

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Best Film --Miami Latino Film Festival

Best Film --Cambridge Boston Latino Film Festival

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During the present civil war, two brothers are torn apart fighting on opposite sides in the Colombian jungle. One is a military recruit, the other a guerrilla. The woman they share is forced to abandon the uncertainty of life in the village for the hope of a new beginning with her baby in the big city. But without shelter, they are at the mercy of the city at night. This riveting festival favorite puts a human face on the harsh reality of life in today's Colombia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Divided By Colombia's Ongoing Civil War March 25, 2007
Format:DVD
Wilson (Julian Roman) and Tono (John Alex Toro) are two brothers growing up the remote mountains of rural Colombia. Tono falls in love with a local girl named Pauline (Carolina Lizarazo). But she instead marries and has two children with Wilson. Neither brother has much economic opportunity in their small town. So Wilson leaves to join up with a guerilla group that his uncle belongs to, while Tono joins the army hoping to eventually gain the opportunity to further his education. Meanwhile, Pauline is left to raise the two infant sons with her mother-in-law. One night a guerilla group attacks the town. But Tono military's commander refuses to allow the army unit to try to rescue the townspeople. Tono runs off from his unit only to find his mother already murdered. He then stabs his commanding officer in revenge and deserts the army. This is actually only the "flashback" portion of the movie. The rest of the film involves Tono tagging along, out of desperation, to the big city of Bogota with Paulina and the kids. Ultimately, they find themselves living on the street and from there the tragedy only deepens.

This movie paints a very bleak portrait of a family ripped apart by the ravages of a civil war that has tormented their country for decades, with no end in sight. The civil war started as a political struggle between leftist revolutionaries and the government. But now it is really more about the narco-trafficking business and who controls the huge profits involved in the exportation of drugs like cocaine and heroin. My wife is originally from Ecuador and her best friend, Carmen, is from Colombia. So every couple of years I go with her to Colombia to visit with Carmen and her incredibly warm and hospitable family. I've been there three times so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great portray of a sad history April 23, 2013
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This is a great film that illustrates the sad story of those forced to leave their rural lands because of the guerrillas. In Colombia, the displaced ones are people who suffer the horror of being forced to migrate to the city in search of a peace and better opportunities for their loved ones. The director does a great job narrating this story with flashbacks which sometimes can confuse the viewer. A well crafted movie that captures a raw story.
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