Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Life and Nothing More collects astutely observed moments from one family's lives to offer a deeply relatable picture of life in modern America.

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In his remarkable second feature, Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza follows-up his debut drama Aquí y allá with another sensitive portrait of a struggling family. Stressed by her job in a diner, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) is raising her two children in northern Florida. When her 14-year-old son Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) has another brush with the law, she worries he'll wind up in prison like his father. Méndez Esparza employs documentary-style realism in this snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

One of the year's most essential films.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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Unsweetened by any score and unwilling to supply an emotional payoff, the film sometimes plays more like anthropology than cinema.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
NPR
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It's a shame we never get to know Andrew as well as Regina... but it's even more affecting when Andrew's initially passive existence escalates due to white fear, and his mother is left to fight for his chance at life.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Persistence is the name of the game, and Esparza's steadfast cast of first-time actors seems to know it in their bones. There isn't a false note between them.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The movie works by stringing together many small observations to develop a portrait more quiet and revealing than many overwrought films that strain to address hot-button issues.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a vital, singularly crafted film that simply tells it... like it is through the eyes of a struggling African American single mother and the adolescent son she desperately wants to keep out of trouble against the mounting odds.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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