The dark side of American society is emphasized in this standard Mexican melodrama about a family from south of the border, living just north of that dividing line. The paterfamilias is lonesome and nostalgic for his old home, not an uncommon reaction for anyone living outside their country. But the problems of adjusting to a new culture are multiple -- one of the sons in the family successfully battled alcoholism, another is dropping out by dealing in drugs, and the daughter has reasoned that her best bet out of a life of poverty is to make a good marriage. She is not the first woman in the world to get that idea, and what happens to her is a classic tale -after her Caucasian boyfriend tires of their relationship, he dumps her for greener pastures. Unremittingly downbeat, the moral seems to be that a poor Hispanic family in the U.S. has the odds stacked against them for a variety of reasons.
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