Watch: La misma luna 2007 123movies, Full Movie Online – UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again..
Plot: Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico.
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A sentimental odyssey
One can never accuse this film of reaching classic heights, but one can truly say it tries very hard, a little too hard at times. Throughout the film, there are moments that transcend its obvious attempts to manipulate its audience, but it never rises to sublime status, like “Cinema Paradiso” did by tying a personal story to the evolution of a society that lost its innocence and the ability to dream. The parallels in that movie were delicately explored, as Toto’s story and that of his beloved city traveled similar path. In “Moon” things could have moved beyond soap opera status. Unfortunately, the tears flow much too easily, even when the situation doesn’t quite earn them.
A hard working mother has lost her connection with her 9 year old. Because of her move to the U.S., she lives in constant fear of not doing the best for her child, and to make matters worse, her little boy feels like he is not wanted anymore. Things become worse as events develop in such a way that he is forced to follow the path of many other immigrants and endure a series of ordeals to reunite with his parent.
Along the way, we are witness to many situations undocumented aliens are exposed to, and the film makes an honest attempt to present most people in a fair way, though there are some characterizations that are at best sketchy. The main points are there, but the subtlety is missed.
There are some good performances here, and the male actors do much better, as the young boy easily explores an amazing range of emotions. In addition there are two supporting actors that don’t quite succumb to the stereotypes of the uneducated immigrant that most people associate with this type of situation. Eugenio Derbez in particular, does an amazing job as the hardened sidekick who discovers his heart might still be open to caring.
The part of the mother is underwritten and opportunities are not fully explored as we wish we could know more of what propelled her into taking the drastic option of moving to the United States. She is a hard worker, a loving mother, but mostly a shell of character, one who cries on cue, but rarely projects any substance.
In general, the film is a lovely social commentary that might reach a few people and open the way to understanding the plight of some members in society. We only wish we could see a more real portrayal of them.
overall an effective drama with a lot of loopholes
People who were in praise for this movie should check out the message boards. There were issues raised by one user and I must say they were valid with regards to how realistic the movie portrayed the immigration system in the US and how the filmmaker disregarded it in excuse for creative license.
Anyways, Im not gonna dwell on that, as a movie I partly enjoyed Under the same moon. There were effective moments in the film and the acting was believable. I commend the direction especially in the scene where Carlitos meets his dad for the first time and they have lunch, nothing was much said, but we get a lot out of the interaction of the two.
The movie was contrived at times and I could feel that the situations and circumstances in the movie were a result of adhering to the rules of how a screenplay works. The appearance of the woman who took in Carlitos when he’s about to be sold to the pedophile was an example.
Though it was titled “Under the same moon”, there were only a couple of scenes that showed them watching the moon at the same time, I think the filmmaker forgot to take advantage of this very potentially powerful sub plot, because the moon symbolizes loneliness and brightness in the dark. Also, when the movie opened, (as the credits begin to roll) I was kinda expecting some shot of the moon in there when the titles appear, but there’s nothing.
I like the ending though, that shot of the “walk” sign lighting up is so powerful. Even though we don’t see mother and son embrace as they reunite, we knew that they do and thats enough already. But, the use of the “walk” sign was not organically integrated into the movie, I wish that they used it earlier so when we see it again, we’ll appreciate it more.
Original Language es
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama
Director Patricia Riggen
Writer Ligiah Villalobos
Actors Eugenio Derbez, Kate del Castillo, Adrian Alonso
Country Mexico, United States
Awards 8 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory New Art Lab, Mexico
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision Premier 2393)