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The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera of ABC's Ugly Betty, Under the Same ...
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Overview

The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera of ABC's Ugly Betty, Under the Same Moon premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Making of La Misma Luna featurette; The Murals of La Misma Luna featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • UPC: 024543526902
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,913

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrian Alonso Carlitos, Carlos Reyes
Kate del Castillo Rosario
Kate Del Castillo Rosario
Eugenio Derbez Enrique
Maya Zapata Alicia
America Ferrera , Martha
Carmen Salinas Doña Carmen,
Angelina Pelaez Benita Reyes,
Gabriel Porras Paco,
Jesse Garcia David
Jacqueline Voltaire , Mrs. Mckenzie
Ignacio Guadalupe , Leonardo Sánchez Nava
María Rojo Reyna,
Mario Almada , Godfather
Pailo Heitz Billy
Ernesto D'Alessio , Oscar
Isaac Bravo Chito
Gustavo Sánchez Parra Manuel
Catalina López Josefina
Yvette Mercedes Border Patrol Agent
Darwyn Roanhorse Motel Owner
Sonya Smith Mrs. Snyder
Jorge Rojas Mr. Snyder
Guillermo Rios Güero
Gerardo Martínez Immigrant
David Norris Tommy
J. Teddy Garces Policeman L.A. #1
Steve Neil Policeman L.A. #2
Sergio Barragán Tatooed Young Man
Samuel Loo Philipino Man
Mauricio Carmona Ilegal Alien
Lourdes Vicente Motel Owner's Wife
Carl Dillard Border Patrol Agent #2
Barbara May Bus Depo Ticket Teller
Hiromi Kamata Supermarket Waitress
Eve Muller Lady L.A. #1
Patricia Floresena Lady L.A. #2
Norma Pablo Chito's Mother
Boris Kievsky Russian Taxi Driver
Irineo Alvarez Mr. Doblado
Renán Almendárez Coello El Cucuy de la Mañana
Tigres Del Norte
Technical Credits
Patricia Riggen Director, Producer
Eduardo Gómez Aguilera Makeup
Gerardo Barrera Producer
Ram Bergman Executive Producer, Producer
Carmen Jiménez Cacho Production Designer
Gloria Carrasco Production Designer
Lourdes Delgado Makeup
Norman Dreyfuss Executive Producer, Producer
Lynn Fainchtein Musical Direction/Supervision
Aleshka Ferrero Editor
Santiago García Galván Co-producer
Santiago García Stunts
Eduardo Gómez Makeup
Laura Gorham Translator
Yvette Gurza Asst. Director
Patrick Heyerdahl Asst. Director
Ricardo Morales Production Manager
Juan Carlos Olalde Stunts
Gabriela Rivera Stunts
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound/Sound Designer
Sergio Ruiz Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Siliotto Score Composer
Manuel Teil Casting
Checco Varese Cinematographer, Co-producer
Ligiah Villalobos Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Disc #1 -- Under the Same Moon
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      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      The Making of La Misma Luna
      La Misma Luna: Mural Documentary
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Timely Topic, An Uplifting Film

    Sensitive director Patricia Riggen has, in LA MISMA LUNA (UNDER THE SAME MOON), succeeded in creating a story about the travails of the illegal immigrants from Mexico that serves as a reminder to all of us that one of the reasons for the obsession to take the risks of crossing the border is an attempt to find a better life. While this story concept is by no means a novel one, writer Ligiah Villalobos has provided a script that avoids taking sides, but instead concentrates on creating wholly believable characters caught in the web of immigration - from both sides of the wall. This little film from Mexico is, above all, a film about love, about courage and about resilience and is portrayed by a very fine cast in every role. Rosario (Kate del Castillo) is a single mother who crossed the border four years earlier in order to support her young son Carlitos (a superb young actor, Adrian Alonso) and her ailing mother by working double jobs as a housekeeper in Los Angeles. She keeps in touch with Carlitos with weekly phone calls and sends him gifts as well as money and love. When Rosario's mother dies, Carlitos takes life into his own hands and plans to cross the border with a little help from his experience with a wise old lady Coyota (Carmen Salinas) who aids immigrants. With his savings in his backpack and his heart aimed toward Los Angeles he sets out on his journey and is thwarted at every turn. He is picked up by two Hispanic students from the US (America Ferrara and Jesse Garcia) whose attempt to transport Carlitos is halted at the border - with the little Carlitos hidden under the seat of the now towed away car. Carlos escapes from the car in El Paso, meets up with some illegal workers who are arrested, leaving the hidden Carlitos with a reluctant companion Enrique (Eugenio Derbez) who is able to aid Carlitos (reluctantly!) to escape to Los Angeles. Through many 'jobs' and untoward situations Carlitos finally finds his way to the spot where he hopes he will meet his mother. The rhythms of the cinematography, the sets, the flavors of both sides of the border, and the music that accompanies the film all contribute to making this story real and believable - and VERY touching. While Kate del Castillo is the major star of the film, it is the performance by Adrian Alonso that remains in the mind long after the credits are shown. Some viewers may find this film a bit too 'novella-like', but the magic that Patricia Riggen pulls from her large cast and verismo directing style will touch the hearts of most everyone. A fine little reminder of the other aspects of the Immigration topic! Grady Harp

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