I was invited to a screening of Sin Nombre at The Charles last night. In a word, it was intriguing. Unlike Traffic’s alternating light/dark-hues, the cinematography is rich and clear. The language is beautiful and like most subtitled films you don’t even realize you’re reading and watching after a short time. No noticeable camera tricks, neither slick nor cheap. Everything just looks as it should.
Immigration is a hot topic in this country and I have mixed feelings myself, yet you find yourself identifying with the characters as they make their way north towards the United States. You could see yourself in their shoes, hoping that you’d have the drive and determination that they do. At the same time, you’ll wonder about how your life might be if you were born in another country. Once the credits began to roll, the audience applauded. For good reason.
Before heading to the theater, we ate at On the Hill Cafe. It came highly recommended by one of the local residents. It’s a small deli-style restaurant; 4-5 tables inside and 3-4 outside on the sidewalk. It’s the sort of place that I’d frequent if I lived nearby, either for a cool drink or a quick bite. It’s quiet. Friendly. Without the commercial flashiness. As it is, I don’t live anywhere nearby and I still think I’ll make an effort to return. Their surprisingly large burrito is stuffed with marinated chicken, rices, sour cream, guacamole, and beans. For a few bucks more than Chipotle, you get a similarly sized and better tasting meal and a bag of kettle chips to boot! And there’s plenty of hot sauce on the table too, for those who like everything spicy. If none of the food vendors at Artscape tickle your fancy or you just want to get away from the crowds for a while, consider On the Hill.