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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Highlights the role of art and artistic endeavors in communities of poverty and disorder. Creates empathy for an individual's loss of identity, deprivation, and aloneness. Reflects the devastating challenges of immigration for those with no connections to their new home.
Positive Role Models
Main character is a leader who is resilient, determined, compassionate, proud of his heritage, and spirited, until events beyond his control upend his life and important role in his community. With few resources and circumstances continually working against him, he battles to regain his individuality and find a new place in the world.
Violence & Scariness
Violent sequences include teens threatened at gunpoint and shoved into a car; rioting, a drive-by killing with blood and bodies. Teens are chased, bullied. Gang conflict creates constant tension in a community.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman cuddle in bed.
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Frequent profanity and insults, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "crap," "a--hole," "bitch," "c--k," "damn," "idiots." Peeing on camera.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters, including underage teens, drink in multiple sequences. Marijuana is used. A teen boy sniffs an unidentified substance he purchased in a paint store. Cigarette smoking. Alcohol and drugs are discussed. Central community is run by feuding drug cartels; drug atmosphere is pervasive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I'm No Longer Here is a Spanish language drama with English subtitles. The film tells the story of a teen forced by gang violence to leave his native Monterrey, Mexico and emigrate to the borough of Queens, New York City. The action takes place in both cities, intercutting present and past (in flashbacks). Dance as a means of both artistic expression and communal connection (specifically "cumbia," a Latin dance originated in Colombia) is integral to the story. Violence impacts the hero's journey with a bloody drive-by multi-victim gang shooting, teens abducted at gunpoint, chases, bullying, and the threat of gang revenge. Profanity and insults are frequent, including such words and phrases as "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "j--king off," "a--hole," "c--ks." Characters, including underage kids, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, get drunk, sniff an unidentified substance, and smoke cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A remarkably soulful lead performance, a heartfelt story about the loss of home and community, along with stunning camerawork, combine to create an original work with lasting resonance. Juan Daniel Garcia Trevino, in his first movie, is quietly devastating; Ulises is a strikingly original character. His kid-and-teen "gang mates," all acting novices, too, hold their own with vibrant spirit. Transitions from present to past to an even earlier past are confusing at first, but there's a certain rhythm and look to the format that becomes clear as I'm No Longer Here moves forward. Director Fernando Frias's efforts at authenticity make the film seem slow, even unfocused at times, but he mostly accomplishes what he set out to do. An atypical young man in danger of losing his individuality, his survival, and his place in the world is always worth checking out.
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