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AFI Fest 2017 Sollers Point and Life and Nothing More

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AFI Fest 2017: Sollers Point and Life and Nothing More

The Hamilton Film Group

AFI Fest 2017: Sollers Point and Life and Nothing More

Director Matthew Porterfield’s Sollers Point follows Keith (McCaul Lombardi), a low-level drug dealer serving the last week of his nine-month home detention after a short prison stint. He’s stuck sharing a rundown one-story ranch house with his pestering father, Carol (Jim Belushi), in a predominantly white, lower-class corner of Baltimore. Graffiti and artwork cover Keith’s bedroom walls—relics from a past when his artistic prowess hinted at a career and distracted him from the rough, drug-dealing crowds he eventually fell in with. Though Keith is ostensibly free once he gets his ankle bracelet taken off, the economically depressed neighborhood that he wanders through for the remainder of the film offers much of the same hopelessness and lack of opportunity that stymied him in prison.

New York Film Festival 2012: Here and There

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New York Film Festival 2012: <em>Here and There</em>
New York Film Festival 2012: <em>Here and There</em>

Here and There is as studiously unself-dramatizing as its subject, whose signature song, which functions as the movie’s theme, includes the refrain, “I just want to be humble with real people.” A fictionalized biography, it reimagines a slice from the life of Pedro De los Santos Juárez, a 30-ish amateur musician from a small town in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Like so many of his countrymen, Pedro must periodically desert his family in order to support them, leaving his wife and daughters at home for months or years while he earns money in the United States. But the film doesn’t show those journeys or any part of his life north of the border. Instead, it focuses on the home life Pedro clearly cherishes but is forced to keep leaving behind.