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2001, 20th Century Fox, 106 min, Mexico, Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

Best friends Tenoch and Julio (Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal), the former a wealthy aristocrat's son and the latter from a working class background, take off on a free-wheeling road trip through Mexico. While on the road, they meet and befriend a seductive older woman (Maribel Verdu), who helps the young men learn some valuable things about themselves, while guarding a few secrets of her own. With sensuous cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. In Spanish with English subtitles.

1988, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti are a couple of ex-radicals who have been on the run from the FBI for years; River Phoenix is their son struggling under the weight of his parents' past and expectations. Naomi Foner's subtle, complex script enables director Sidney Lumet to develop one of his favorite themes (explored earlier in DANIEL), that of children forced to pay for their parents' mistakes. One of Roger Ebert’s ten best films of 1988.

1984, Janus Films, 147 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) has been missing for years when he suddenly reconnects with his brother, who has been raising Travis' son as his own. Travis tries to forge a new relationship with the seven-year old boy, but rebuilding a family proves more difficult than Travis would like. A poignant screenplay by Sam Shepard and an evocative use of the American landscape by cinematographer Robby Muller make this one of Wenders' most moving and acclaimed films. With Nastassja Kinski.

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