Igor Martinovic
Owen Gleiberman
May 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sangre De Mi Sangre

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/14/08
performer
Armando Hernandez, Jorge Adrian Espindola
director
Christopher Zalla
author
Christopher Zalla
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C

When a drama is set amid gritty poverty (in this case, Hispanic Brooklyn), with lots of bare-bulb lighting and handheld camera work, the implication is: This is authentic! Yet little of Christopher Zalla’s Sangre de Mi Sangre, which took the 2007 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, rings true. Jorge Adrián Espíndola, as a young Mexican who smuggles himself to New York to meet the father he never knew, and Armando Hernández, as the hustler who steals Espíndola’s identity, are playing thinly sketched, spiritually opaque outcasts. But Jesús Ochoa, as the grizzled walrus of a father, is touching. C

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