Technically, we have ventured out of East LA for this film, which takes place in Echo Parque. My feeling? Makes the cut because I’m pretty sure my area has the highest concentration of backyard quinceañeras per weekend in the US. Besides, the hipsters currently gentrifying the Echo Park/Silverlake neighborhoods have attempted to call it the “Eastside.” Don’t take my word for it, Patt Morrison offers her much more thoughtful (not to mention informed!) analysis here.
Mainly, German elected to include this movie because it is FANTASTIC. His comment: “Honestly, I can’t believe this was written and directed by two white guys.”Props to the lead actress, Emily Rios (also great in Vicious Circle), Jesse Garcia (who got an Alma Award for the part, so I obviously am not the only person who thought he was great) and the actor who plays her abuelito – officially the most lovable and heartwarming character of the century. See this movie!