Boricua

Any novice director could benefit from studying Marisol Torres's gorgeously shot, well-acted film, whose large cast of characters gives us a window into the Puerto Rican community in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. A young man's ethics are tested when he gets a job buying up local homes for “redevelopment.” A hairdresser will stop at nothing to be queen of the Puerto Rican Day parade. A macho drug dealer starts a romance with a college girl who won't put up with his sexist posturing. Torres has a sharp eye for location and knows how to reveal the drama of a scene without a lot of directorial grandstanding. In English and subtitled Spanish. 102 min.

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