Hermanos

The title of Amexicano, now showing at the Quad Cinema, refers to Bruno, a down-and-out Italian-American from Queens who becomes so brotherly with a Mexican construction worker, Ignacio, that Ignacio considers him an honorary Mexican.

Ignacio can put up a perfectly straight fence; the film is not an example of one. The plot is a bit uneven, with some unnecessary melodrama—it feels like someone from outside kept suggesting things to shoehorn into it. But the characters are believable and the acting is solid; Carmine Famiglietti does a particularly good job as Bruno. I like movies shot in Queens because I feel like I could open the door and walk into them, and this one is equivalent to spending the day in Corona and meeting some real people whom you’ll remember for awhile. Its heart is in the right place, and I recommend it.

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