Reel Representation: Diversity in Film
Life and Nothing More
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Stressed by the pressures of raising two children and getting by on her minimum-wage diner job, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) longs to find more to life than constant work, while she attempts to instill in 14-year-old Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) the values she hopes will prevent him from landing in prison like his father. Filmed in northern Florida, this beautifully crafted drama by Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza employs non-professional actors and documentary realism to create a remarkable snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America. The winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the timely and urgently charged LIFE AND NOTHING MORE features one of the most compelling performances of the year.
Spain | USA, 2018, Not Rated, 114 minutes, Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza
“A near-perfect film…emotionally generous, volatile and scrupulously honest, Williams’ performance is as extraordinary as the precisely controlled film in which she is the cherished centerpiece.”– Amy Taubin, FILM COMMENT