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(aka "The Family" )


directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova
Venezuela/Chile/Norway 2017

When twelve-year-old Pedro (Reggie Reyes) is not in school rough-housing with his friends and learning bad examples of relations with the opposite sex, he and his friend Johnny are playing violent video games and carrying their sense of machismo onto the streets (while evading gang members). When a child from the slums tries to steal Pedro's and Johnny's phones with a gun, a struggle ensues and Pedro stabs his attacker in the throat with a broken bottle. His father Andrés (Giovanni García) tries to help the child but leaves him to die in the slums. Fearful of retaliation, Andres drags Pedro with him into hiding. Pedro already has a low opinion of his father who works hand-to-mouth, and the series of jobs Andrés works while attempting to keep Pedro hidden and fed causes his son to grow even more contemptuous of how his father takes ill treatment from his employers. Pedro yearns to return to the neighborhood for news of Johnny's safety, but his puffed-up ego does not allow him to grasp the the severity of his situation and his father's concern for his safety, or even the damage wrought on their old neighborhood by his actions. Whereas the Chilean JÉSUS asks to what extent a father will go to protect his child when "the flesh of your flesh is rotten," the Chilean/Venezuelan/Norwegian LA FAMILIA's pater familias is dealing with a son who thinks that he has grown up in his father's absence, and he still believes that there is hope for him in spite of the pose of a fatalistic outlook about life in the slums and actions that constantly undermine his attempts at doing what he thinks is best for his son.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 3 August 2018 (USA)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:48

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Short Film 'Les Misérables' (15:52)
� Trailers

DVD Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Chapters 12



Film Movement's midrange bitrate encode looks a tad soft in some shots but conveys adequate sharpness when the camera settles down during more intimate scenes, so presumably a certain muddiness of textures is intended in the more chaotic moments. The 5.1 track utilizes surrounds primarily for atmosphere and the English subtitles are free of errors. The only extras are a short film and trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas

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