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Under the Same Moon [La Misma Luna]
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PG-13 (for some mature thematic elements)
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Directed By
Patricia Riggen
Run Time
1 hour 46 minutes
Cast
Adrian Alonso, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, Maya Zapata
Theatre Release
April 04, 2008 by Fox Searchlight

It might not be the biggest issue in the upcoming presidential election, but it's arguably among the top ten: immigration. Specifically, what to do with the estimated 11 million people who currently live in the U.S. illegally. While the candidates discuss the staggering statistics and proposed policies, Under the Same Moon shows us the more personal (if not a tad heavy-handed) side of the issue.

On a macro level, Under the Same Moon is a story about immigration, but on a micro level it's a story about Rosario (Kate del Castillo), an illegal immigrant working three jobs in L.A., and Carlitos (Adran Alonso), her nine-year-old son back in Mexico. Rosario snuck across the U.S. border four years earlier with her friend Alicia (Maya Zapata), a harrowing journey that left Rosario with a nasty scar on her arm. As is the story of many immigrants, Rosario came to the States to earn a better life for her son than she ever could back in her economically depressed hometown in rural Mexico. Her son's father isn't in the picture.

While Mom is away, Carlitos lives with his ailing grandma. Thanks to the $300 his mom sends each month, he's able to attend a good school, unlike some of his friends who spend most of their life on the street. Though he enjoys a decent life, Carlitos still aches for the mom he hasn't seen in four years. Their weekly phone call, with each on a local pay phone, isn't nearly enough for this precocious boy who's wise and mature beyond his years.

Rosario previously tried to bring her son to live with her, but the lawyer she hired split with her hard-earned money. She needs $4,000 to hire a new lawyer, and she's saved only $2,300 so far. She knows it will take another year or more to save the needed funds from her house-cleaning ...

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