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By Peter Debruge. Chief Film Critic. Sure enough, Paragas grew up in Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of Buddy Holly, which is more than six hours from the live-music capital of Austin, although her young heroine lives just half an hour east in the tiny town of Bastrop. When Elliott Liam Booth , who works at the local guitar shop, invites Rose to sneak away to catch a show at the Broken Spoke in Austin, her mother forbids it. Some get deported, while others go on to be first lady. That comes along the way via the cultural context Paragas brings to this gentle and occasionally generic coming-of-age, finding-your-voice story. The director tends to play all the drama a little too low-key, making for a nuanced film that will touch some and bore others. Home Film Reviews. Oct 8, am PT.
Reviewed online, Los Angeles, Oct. 7, 2020. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 95 MIN.
Guitar in hand and cowboy hat on her head, year-old Rose Garcia Eva Noblezada embodies biculturalism. Still, she claims it as her own and stuns each time her voice produces a song. But even if she feels a part of this country, the cruelty of the immigration system soon catches up to her. Her fragile safety instantly crumbles. She finds herself constantly on the run. A bona fide star making her film debut, Noblezada beckons our attention with a turn of grave distress and charming effervescence. Her presence salvages the movie from its own stiltedness on multiple occasions. But Paragas strings too many variables on the story, most of which require a more thorough inquiry than they get. Her problems remain virtually the same.
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