Spoken Word

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Spoken Word

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Director:
Victor Nunez
Released:
2009
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Spoken Word explores the ever-evolving relationships between fathers and sons. Cruz Montoya (Kuno Becker) has just completed a successful tour of the West Coast poetry circuit where he has achieved rock-star status. But his happiness is cut short when he gets a call telling him his father, Cruz Montoya Sr. (Rub''n Blades) is dying. His father has become a recluse after leaving the teaching profession, avoiding the community now teeming with drug abuse and violence. Cruz returns home to be with his father but instead finds himself lured back to his former life of booze, drugs and crime. He risks losing the relationship with his father and his own poetic voice as well as his life. To heal his relationships, Cruz has to go beyond the spoken language and speak from his heart. The 2010 film from director Victor Nunez was an official selection at numerous film festivals, including the HBO NY LATINO International Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival and VITAS International Film Festival.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Strongly acted and beautifully photographed (by Virgil Mirano), Spoken Word is a quietly resonant family drama about the tug of old habits and the difficulties of escaping the past.

  • 80

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Spoken Word benefits from an improbably perfect storm of production circumstances: The muscular, balanced script, the brainchild of an unusual alliance between professional poet Jo...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    With the patiently assembled '90s films "Ruby in Paradise" and "Ulee's Gold," director Victor Nuñez gave independent film a quiet luster of hand-craftsmanship sorely lacking in hi...

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