Life and Nothing More
(USA/Spain/2017—directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza)
Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza’s debut drama, Aquí y allá [DFT 2013], was a memorable portrait of a Mexican laborer trying to reintegrate with his family after years of working illegally in the US. Esparza’s acclaimed second feature, Life and Nothing More, is the compassionate and involving story of an African American single mother, Regina (Regina Williams), stressed by her restaurant job and doing her best to raise her two children in northern Florida.
After her 14-year-old son, Andrew (Andrew Bleechington), has a run-in with the law, Regina’s priorities sharpen and she decides to put all family tensions aside to advocate for her son. Resonant, relevant and heartfelt, Esparza’s film is an eloquent family drama and a bracing snapshot of race, class and the importance of family in a divided nation. (114 min.)
“Regina Williams is an utter revelation in one of the most compelling performances of the year.” -Nick James, Sight and Sound
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