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92 Ratings

Soy Nero

Directed by Rafi Pitts
Germany, France, 2016


After several failed attempts to cross the border without papers, Nero finally succeeds in making it back to his native Los Angeles. Unsatisfied with the prospects of an undocumented worker in the U.S., Nero decides to enlist in the US Army as a “Green Card Soldier,” a short cut to citizenship.

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Soy Nero Directed by Rafi Pitts
A plea on behalf of foreigners who were promised citizenship for serving in the U.S. military, this polemical drama has the benefit of being very sharply crafted and emotionally uncompromising. It could not be more timely or topical.
November 29, 2016
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In the end, by the last ironic twist of Nero’s trajectory, it’s clear that Soy Nero—although it’s inspired by real situations—has next to nothing to do with realism, more to do with the alienation endured by the hero of a picaresque journey through a distorted reality. It has something of the same anti-epic logic as Céline’s Journey to the End of the Night… In any case, there’s more than enough fuel in Pitts’s film to work Donald Trump into terminal apoplexy.
February 22, 2016
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Pitts’ pristinely composed sixth feature is thoughtfully marked by the Iranian-born filmmaker’s own experience of amorphous national identity.
February 16, 2016
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