Blue Eyes

110 minutes

This clunky, overwrought Brazilian drama (2009) stars versatile character actor David Rasche as an alcoholic U.S. customs officer in New York City who indulges his xenophobia by browbeating detained Latino travelers. After a hostile interview with a college professor turns tragic, the protagonist retires in disgrace and eventually heads to Recife to make amends with the man's family. This is supposed to be an allegory about the end of the American century, yet it plays like two different movies: the shrill and claustrophobic interrogation scenes rely on stereotypes to lampoon the war on terror, whereas the poignant road trip shows why so many Latinos still harbor dreams of the promised land to the north. In English and subtitled Portuguese and Spanish.

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