Santa Mesa

Santa Mesa

DVD - 2011
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Following the death of his mother, 12-year-old Hector arrives in Manila to live with his grandmother. Experiencing culture shock and isolation, Hector befriends Sel, a neighborhood girl and Miguel, a petty hustler who belongs to the local street gang. Falling in with the wrong crowd, he becomes a gangster, but on his gang initiation night things go terribly wrong. He is caught stealing while in the home of 60-year-old Jose, but instead of turning Hector in, Jose mentors him.
Publisher: [United States] : Indican Pictures, 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Music, Daniel Belardinelli ; editor, Maya Stark ; directory of photography, Yaron Orbach ; director, Ron Morales.
Performers: Jaime Tirelli, Melissa Leo, Jacob Kiron Shalov.
Audience: Rating: PG-13
Language Note: In English
UPC: 825284201147
Call Number: DVD S


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Feb 04, 2012

A 12-year-old Filipino-American boy weathers extreme change and culture shock when he moves from the U.S.A. to Manila following the death of his single mother. This sensitive, not-too-talky, coming-of-age story is recommended for any and all youngsters facing a future as global citizens. Although the cast of young people is excellent--especially Jacob Shalov as the main character--for perhaps the first time ever, Melissa Leo looks hideous and delivers a disappointing performance in a bland, sappy bit part.


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