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It's about a Latino family and their struggles with their dress shop. It is also about the choice that Ana (college bound) must make. I felt the pressure that the family put her through. She is a very bright and independent girl who's made to feel obligated to work in the family's business.
Characters are portrayed very authentically and believable.
Nothing too far fetched (except maybe the underwear dancing factory workers), though that was a hysterical scene.
It's a small slice of life about a Mexican American young woman who has just graduated high school. She dreams of going to college but her family insists she work in her older sister's dress factory. There's a clash of cultures. And some very moving moments. It's a uniquely American story, one that has been told over and over again as all waves of immigrants have to deal with assimilation. And yet, it is always fascinating.
Casting is excellent. America Ferrera plays the young woman. She, like her mother and sister, is overweight and curvy. But the title doesn't just relate to her body. It's about the kind of curves that woman have to deal with in life - like a curve ball thrown in a baseball game. Lupe Ontiveros is the mother. It's a great role, and it's easy to relate to her as she tries to keep her family together. She has absolutely magnificent facial expressions. One look from her tells a thousand stories. Ingrid Oliu is the older sister trying to keep her small shop in business. The women sew evening gowns that sell for $600 or more in Bloomingdale's. For this, the contractor gets a mere $18 per dress. It's hot in the shop and they work long hours. Not a life for a young woman who has big dreams.
Later, during the DVD's special feature section, Josefina Lopez, the writer, told the audience that she, herself, actually worked in one of these sweatshops. No wonder it all seemed so authentic!
This is a coming of age film. It's also a film about women, and their bodies. In one scene the women in the sweatshop strip down to their underwear and proudly display their very imperfect bodies to one another. There sure was a lot of strength in that scene. And a positive message for all women.
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I love this movie a lot it's about plus size women and it's saying a really good message for women that are plus size and that can wear clothesPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good but somewhat superficial story about an immigrant Chicano family who's teenage high school daughter struggles to make some important decisions as a young Latina... Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Esperanza Garzon-Morer