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Indocumentados

Leonardo Ricagni's "Indocumentados" works hard to find dignity in the lives of fictitious New Yorkers -- some citizens, some undocumented-after 9/11. Extremely handsome pic in razor-sharp digital vid, made under the A Band Apart banner, will get the fest treatment, but specialty ancillary is best commercial bet.

With:
With: Sarita Choudhury, Paul Calderon, Robert Lupone, Marlene Forte, Peter Gerety, Babs Olusanmokun, William Akleh, Xin Ding Xie, Carolina Ramos.

Full of feelings and stories — and just as full of confusion — Leonardo Ricagni’s “Indocumentados” works hard to find dignity in the lives of fictitious New Yorkers — some citizens, some undocumented-after 9/11. Characters are pretentiously linked by an old bicycle which gets randomly passed around, and Ricagni’s ability to draw impact out of each of them is just as random, and often far from the mark. Extremely handsome pic in razor-sharp digital vid, made under the A Band Apart banner, will get the fest treatment, but specialty ancillary is best commercial bet.

Bookended by vague montages of the gallery of mostly down-and-out Gotham folks, pic makes only the slightest references to 9/11 before launching into an uncertain mini-drama involving a stressed priest (Robert Lupone), the child of an Arab suicide bomber (William Akleh) and an immigrant lawyer (Sarita Choudhury) who needs the priest’s help. Story strands tend to be just that, and include the adventures of a Rastafarian (Paul Calderon), a Chinese take-out delivery man (Xin Ding Xie), a homeless mom and daughter (Marlene Forte, Carolina Ramos), a blitzed-out fireman (Peter Gerety) and a homesick Congolese man (Babs Olusanmokun).

Indocumentados

U.S.-Uruguay

Production: An A Band Apart presentation of a Corazones Alquimistas production. Produced by Leonardo Ricagni, Miggel Schwickerath. Executive producer, Lavinia Errico. Co-producer, Chris Romano. Directed, written by Leonardo Ricagni.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Jose Maria Ciganda; editors, David Leonard, Eduardo Fillipini, Ricagni; music, Pedro Aznar; production designer, Marc Benacerraf; sound designer, Fabian Oliver; casting, Maria E. Nelson, Ellyn Long Marshall. Reviewed on videodisc, Los Angeles, Nov. 12, 2004. (In AFI Los Angeles Festival.) English, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese dialogue. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: With: Sarita Choudhury, Paul Calderon, Robert Lupone, Marlene Forte, Peter Gerety, Babs Olusanmokun, William Akleh, Xin Ding Xie, Carolina Ramos.

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