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From Nowhere

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Timely, gritty drama follows undocumented NYC teens.

Movie NR 2017 89 minutes
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Director Matthew Newton delivers an earnest drama that's more about its highly relevant message than its technique. From Nowhere consists of mostly medium-distance talking scenes, with the hand-held camera constantly wobbling slightly at the edges. The few would-be dynamic moments include a near-altercation with the cops and a near-attack by an abusive relative. But the film still succeeds in underlining the plight of undocumented teens and the tough realities they face.

While the film suffers a bit from an over-serious, important tone, the strong performances and vivid characters are strong positives. At times, it's almost possible to believe that it's a documentary about three real teens and their real struggles. Chavez-Richmond is especially compelling, wearing a permanent frown, and, when possible, a hooded coat to protect herself from any kind of emotional invasion. Nicholson is wonderful as a helpful teacher who bends the rules a little, and O'Hare lends some acerbic notes of harsh reality, as well as some surprising compassion. This movie has the power to open a few eyes and change a few minds.

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