Tuesday, September 19, 2006
"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" is a film based on Dito Montiel's memoir. Dito grew up in a tough neighborhood in Astoria, NY. He became a writer in LA after escaped the life at home and left his parents and his old friends behind. Fifteen years later, his father is seriously ill, and he was asked to return for a visit. The flashbacks of life during his teenager years in the neighborhood makes him realize that even he left everybody, nobody has ever left him.
This is an emotionally charged film, sometimes quite powerful. I have seen similar "mean streets" films before, so I am not too crazy about getting sympathetic to the low lives in the neighborhood and feel how lucky I am not living there. But what I like about this film is how it diligently portraits the relationships among these characters. It's very honest and deeply moving with superb performance.
My rating: 8 out of 10.