Sin Nombre This Sundance prizewinner is a journalistic saga of immigration directed with a thriller's physicality by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Casper (Flores) has long been a member… Sin Nombre This Sundance prizewinner is a journalistic saga of immigration directed with a thriller's physicality by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Casper (Flores) has long been a member… 2009-03-20 R PT96M Mystery and Thriller Karl Braun Kristian Ferrer Edgar Flores Paulina Gaitan Focus Features
Movie Review

Sin Nombre (2009)

MPAA Rating: R
Sin Nombre | Blue Bayou: Paulina Gaitan plays an immigrant traveling to America in Sin Nombre
Image credit: Eniac Martinez
Blue Bayou: Paulina Gaitan
 plays an immigrant traveling to America in Sin Nombre
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Mar 20, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Karl Braun and Kristian Ferrer; Distributor: Focus Features

This Sundance prizewinner is a journalistic saga of immigration directed with a thriller's physicality by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Casper 
(Flores) has long been a member of the Mara, a cutthroat cult of Mexican youths who wear so many scary tattoos, they're like the Maori of the barrio. He ends up on the run, joining a group of immigrants who are traveling, literally, atop a train while seeking passage into the U.S. They include Sayra 
(Gaitan), a Honduran teenager who's the film's clear-eyed, one-note heroine. Whenever Sin Nombre turns violent, it seizes you with its convulsive skill, but the film's images 
 vastly outstrip its imagination. B–

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Originally posted Mar 18, 2009 Published in issue #1040 Mar 27, 2009 Order article reprints
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