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  • Summary: Set, and vibrantly photographed, in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Manito is the fictional story of two days in the life of two Latino brothers, Junior and Manny. Employing techniques of cinema verite, the film vibrantly captures a neighborhoodand the people who live there.Set, and vibrantly photographed, in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Manito is the fictional story of two days in the life of two Latino brothers, Junior and Manny. Employing techniques of cinema verite, the film vibrantly captures a neighborhoodand the people who live there. (Film Movement) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. As a dramatist Eason has a classicist's sense of structure and movement to complement his sense of the cinematic. Manito, which has a special grand jury prize from Sundance among its 10 awards, is a small film with a big impact.
  2. The film recalls Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and the minimalism of films such as Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots." Eason and cinematographer Didier Gertsch keep the cameras tight on the actors' bodies and faces, creating palpable unease.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Manito is the rare little movie that gets bigger as it goes along--so big that it can hardly contain its own emotion.
  4. Reviewed by: Alex Kranz
    75
    Until the point that changes everything, Manito is more a portrait of a neighborhood and its various characters--and this is the even more impressive part of the film. Once the disasters start to domino, the story becomes a bit familiar, a bit manipulative.
  5. A low-budget wonder: rough and gritty around the edges, filmed for what looks like a budget of $1.98, but bristling with energy, passion and intimacy.
  6. 70
    Unusually impassioned indie.
  7. If you shy away from that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach that comes when watching good people make bad decisions, then best to steer clear of Manito, a low-budget indie that reaches near-Greek proportions of tragedy brought on by lousy decision-making.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. BillB.
    Mar 1, 2007
    9
    Fantastic first film. Totally distinct. A great director has landed. Dying to see his next film!
  2. SweetmanS.
    Nov 27, 2005
    8
    Powerful and devastating glimpse of life in the NYC Washington Heights Latino community.

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