FILM REVIEW: “Under the Same Moon”

From Willamette Week, 2/6/08 [Portland International Film Festival Coverage]:

Much to its credit, Under the Same Moon shows great compassion in portraying the often-neglected human element of illegal immigration. And its fictionalized tale of a 9-year-old Mexican boy’s lone journey across the border in search of his single mother, who is working in Los Angeles, is no doubt reflective of countless real stories. But Patricia Riggen’s movie also commits the sin of reducing the most complex and polarizing issue of our country’s times to the far simpler matter of sentimentality. At points, Under the Same Moon feels like the Finding Nemo of illegal-immigration movies—and that’s no pat on the back. LANCE KRAMER. 

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