ROMÁNTICO

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ROMÁNTICO

Mark Becker
USA, 2004
Documentaries, 80min, OF

ROMÁNTICO

Mark Becker
USA, 2004
Documentaries, 80min, OF

Cast: 
Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez
Arturo Arias
Carmela Martínez Arenas
Juana Muñiz Martínez
Screenplay: 
Mark Becker
Sound: 
Daniel Baer
Lidia Tamplenizza
Camera: 
Mark Becker
Editor: 
Mark Becker
Composer: 
Raz Mesinai

Production: 
Meteor Films 241 6th Ave., 2B New York, NY 10014, USA T 212 675 39 24 mark@meteorfilms.org
World Sales: 
Films Transit International 252 Gouin Boulevard East Montreal, Québec H3L 1A8, Kanada T 514 844 33 58, office@filmtransit.com
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

As melancholic and bittersweet as a soulful ballad, Romántico tells the tale of Carmelo and his friend Arturo, two Mexican mariachi singers who roam the bars, restaurants, and streets of San Francisco, playing for tips from people who think nothing about them in return. A warm, insightful, and moving film, Romántico is tangentially about illegal immigration, United States/Mexican economics, the «romántico» music of the title, and the subterranean American alien community. But at the heart of Mark Beckers beautifully shot, poetic film are the fundamental love and devotion of a father to his family: his desire above all is to provide them a decent living and a better future. Full of humanity and heart, Romántico shows us the high cost of survival when battling systemic poverty; the hardship of being an artist when there is no rainbow, and certainly no pot of gold; and the deeply felt significance of family and home.
(Diane Weyermann)