Amigo

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Released 2011

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Director:
John Sayles
Released:
2011
Rating:
R

Amigo, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael's brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today's unresolvable conflicts. (Includes Tagalog & Spanish with English Subtitles)

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Amigo is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The history lesson is often framed in stagy exchanges of dialogue, diluting the strong sense of place.

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Good intentions can't breathe fresh life into cliches or dispel the overall impression of schematic didacticism.

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