#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.
Plot: Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.
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A Realistic look into Life of an orphan in New York
I love gritty drama films. Especially those that include a coming of age story. This poignant film by director Ramin Bahrani and writer Bahareh Azimi showcases the struggle of a Latino street orphan to make life better for himself and his sister. Ale, played wonderfully by Alejandro Polanco in his first staring role, finds a job working for a local mechanic doing odd jobs. He finds out that his sister is doing some things on the side for money that aren’t, well, “respectable”. His portrayal was very realistic and at times it seemed like I was watching a documentary.
There isn’t much of a plot here, but you can’t help but to appreciate the performances. The two leads, Polanco and Isamar Gonzales (Ale’s Sister) were found at a local school with no prior acting experience or study. Finding that out post viewing made me appreciate their “chops” even more so. Also, most of the extra’s were just people milling around their normal lives in Queens. This is why this type of film is labeled as “neo-realism” and why it was such a successful production.
The setting of the film by itself is a character of the movie. Shot in Willets Point, Queens in New York, this IS the real deal. Bahrani mentions in an interview with Alt Film Guide that “…I am making films about how the majority of people in this world live, and we must also accept that this majority is utterly ignored by Hollywood and Independent film…” So true he is. The gritty real background of Chop Shop pulls the audience even more into the performances of the actors. Allowing the director to “…direct without directing.” as he mentions in the same interview.
Being that there is not much of a plot in this movie, one has to ask why? Was there a reason the writers chose to concentrate on a “section” of time in this boys life? Yes, it was to show that in real life things happen, secrets are revealed and life goes on. I appreciated the fact that this was just a snippet of what Ale’s existence is really like. We don’t know if he gets out of the slums or if his sister succeeds in a more productive endeavor. What we do know is that life is hard, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive. The situations presented in this film were shown without a filter so to speak. Ramin Bahrani did a wonderful job giving us a glimpse into the street life so many children are part of today.
Cinematographer Michael Simmons, who also worked on “Man Push Cart” the directors first film, was outstanding. He moved the camera a lot, but it was to the benefit of the viewer in my opinion. We weren’t concentrated on one central character, we were distracted by the goings on around the dialog on screen, much like it would be in real life. The production team filmed using the High Definition Sony F900 then blew up the final product to 35mm. It was a good decision and gave the film that gritty, documentary feel the director was going for.
I really enjoyed this little slice of life from Queens. It was something I haven’t really seen before so that was refreshing. I’ve bumped this up to a 4/5 due to the striking performances of the actors. Initially I would have given a 3/5 due to the fact that with all of the films positive points, it was still a little boring. If you are looking for a stylized extravagant production with a happy ending, you may want to look elsewhere. For those looking for an experience unlike many out there, this one is for you.
Bahrani doesn’t impress me much
I remember finding Ramin Bahrani’s first film, Man Push Cart, a fairly good debut, but one that lacked any real depth. He hasn’t grown much in his sophomore feature, Chop Shop. It also focuses on the urban immigrant poor. The main characters of this film are homeless Hispanic orphans, Ale and his teen sister Izzy. Ale is employed at a junkyard, and he gets his sister a job with his boss’s wife. The two plan to save their money to buy a food delivery truck, on which Ale has been told he can get a good deal. The film has one conflict that gives it a little energy, when Ale learns that his sister is working nights as a prostitute. It’s at its strongest when it’s concentrating on Ale’s anger and confusion. He begins to act out by committing crimes, which get progressively more serious. The film doesn’t have a lot going on, but with this plot point giving the film a mild psychological complexity, it’s a decent watch. Unfortunately, the film craps out at the end with a lame, forced plot twist that so ridiculously echoes the one at the end of Man Push Cart that Bahrani should be embarrassed to have went with it. And that final shot is pseudo-poetic trash. Well, it impresses Roger Ebert, anyway.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 24 min (84 min)
Director Ramin Bahrani
Writer Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani
Actors Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski
Country United States
Awards 4 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm