Teo’s Journey

A nightmare for the Lou Dobbs crowd, Walter Doehner's "Teo's Journey" traces a lad's uphill effort to reunite with his father as they're illegally crossing the Mexican-U.S. border.

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With: Erick Canete Guerrero, Andres Marquez, Damian Alacazar, Silverio Palacios, Joaquin Cosio, Raul Mendez, Dolores Heredia.

A nightmare for the Lou Dobbs crowd, Walter Doehner’s “Teo’s Journey” traces a lad’s uphill effort to reunite with his father as they’re illegally crossing the Mexican-U.S. border. Far more realistic and less feel-good than “Under the Same Moon,” pic nevertheless disappoints as a dramatization of the stresses and horrors experienced by migrants. Given its considerable topicality, Doehner’s third film could easily cross into the U.S. market, though fans of Damian Alcazar, arguably Mexico’s most interesting and versatile movie star, will be let down by his brief appearance.

Raised by his uncle in Oaxaca while father Wenceslao (Alcazar) is in jail, Teo (Erick Caneta Guerrero, burdened with too large a role) sees his life turned upside down when Wenceslao shows up to take him to El Norte. The boy is naturally reluctant, but rather than delve into the complications of reuniting with one’s father for a life-endangering adventure, pic opts to dispose of Wenceslao and focus on how Teo survives a thief circle’s ambush and finds a new friend in Chuy (Andres Marquez), a young “coyote” guide who helps exact some revenge against the thieves.

Teo's Journey

Mexico

Production: An Astillero Films, Foprocine, Imcine, Argos Cine, EFD, Estudios Churubusco Azteca, New Art Digital production. (International sales: Imcine, Mexico City.) Produced by Luis Urquiza, Lourdes Garcia. Co-producers, Epigmenio Ibarra, Carlos Payan. Directed by Walter Doehner. Screenplay, Leo Eduardo Mendoza, Doehner, Silvana Zuanetti.

Crew: Camera (color), Guillermo Granillo; editors, Mario Sandoval, Doehner, Fernando Fernandez; music, Ricardo Martin; production designer, Carlos Herrera; costume designer, Adela Cortazar. Reviewed at Guadalajara Film Festival (Mexican Feature Competition), March 10, 2008. Original title: El viaje de Teo. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Erick Canete Guerrero, Andres Marquez, Damian Alacazar, Silverio Palacios, Joaquin Cosio, Raul Mendez, Dolores Heredia.

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