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Movie review: We Are Living Things

In this low-key drama, illegal aliens search for extraterrestrial life

Xingchen Lyu and Jorge Antonio Guerrero in We Are Living Things.
Xingchen Lyu and Jorge Antonio Guerrero of We Are Living Things. Photo by FilmsWeLike

Close EncountersDNA is in no small part in We Are Living Things. There are people out there looking for the truth they know. But director and co-writer Antonio Tibaldi imbues his story with a sense of social realism that was lacking in Steven Spielberg's 1977 blockbuster.

Jorge Antonio Guerrero (very good in Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and the Canadian film Drunken Birds) has documented Not starring as Solomon, a Mexican immigrant. He performs a series of odd jobs while searching the universe for signs of intelligent life. He's even gone so far as to build an antenna for receiving extraterrestrial signals.

On a repair call to fix a broken toilet, he meets Chu Yao (Xingchen Liu) and notices a similar obsession with some murals and strange stone shapes. He attempts to visit her at the nail salon where she works, but she is understandably shy about confiding in this stranger. I'm here.

Although largely set in New York, the story shifts as the two main characters leave for the Arizona desert and some possible answers, but the film eventually ends. ends with a vague note. Note, however, that even titles and subjects can be displayed in two different ways. Halfway through the movie, we find out that Chuyao is not the character's real name. She is an illegal alien using documents borrowed from another Chinese woman and is forced to work for a criminal gang that helped her obtain the documents. The director doesn't hit us over the head with this, but his message is clear. Aliens walk among us and they are living things too.

We Are Living Things opens his August 12th in Saskatoon and Toronto, with other cities to follow. increase.

3 out of 5

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