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LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

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Wednesday, October 24 – Tuesday, November 6

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANTONIO MÉNDEZ ESPARZA

The understated masterpieces of the Italian neo-realists are clearly an inspiration for Spanish writer-director Antonio Méndez Esparza, whose LIFE AND NOTHING MORE dramatizes the lives of an African-American mother and her 14-year-old son. Using non-professional actors, from whom he elicits stunningly naturalistic performances, his movie will inevitably be compared with MOONLIGHT. Regina Williams gives a stellar performance as a woman who has no extra money, time, or emotional energy to deal with Andrew, the son she loves, but whose life is spiraling downward more quickly than she can clear the plates at the greasy-spoon at which she works. A pivotal scene in the film involves a low-key confrontation between Andrew and a white couple, and devolves into a life-changing experience in which race and class are at the heart of everything.

SPAIN / USA     2017     114 MINS.     CFI RELEASING

Reviews

“An involving, urgent and moving drama. A powerfully executed, richly human study of the challenges facing a black working class family. Compellingly directed and acted. An involving, quietly moving piece that eschews conventional narrative shape to offer a multi-layered depiction of exactly what the title promises. Terrifically acted by non-professionals. Cannily cast. It’s only at the very end that we realise what a sophisticated, structured narrative approach we’re seeing...”
– Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“The timeliest, best-acted, and most moving of all the English-language movies I saw in Toronto. (The filmmaker) opts for a quieter, more observant naturalism… stroking the anger at its core without smugness or hyperbole. As perceptive but less schematic than MUDBOUND, and even more credibly lived-in than THE FLORIDA PROJECT. (A) masterwork.”
– Nick Davis, Film Comment

“Blessed with a heartbreaking performance by Regina Williams. If I try to imagine what a fiction film directed by the great documentarian Frederick Wiseman might look like, this low-budget gem comes pretty close.”
- Nick James, Sight & Sound

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LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

Wednesday, October 24 – Tuesday, November 6

LIFE AND NOTHING MORE Q&As

Filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza & Star Regina Williams
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 show

Filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza, moderated by Jonathan Marlow of CFI Releasing
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 show

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