Manito

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Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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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) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  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. 88
    Manito sees an everyday tragedy with sadness and tenderness, and doesn't force it into the shape of a plot.
  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. 75
    Because Manito is really just an opera without the violins or Viking hats, you probably don't need to have everything spelled out. Its Spanish-English script is secondary to the universal language and timeless drama of family, community, dreams made and dreams dashed.
  5. Toward the finish, the movie takes a regrettable curve into melodrama, but the excellent performances never waver.
  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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