Some of you may not know this about me: I am an obsessive movie buff. From foreign, to indies, to comedies, I enjoy most genres. I do have a sweet spot for weird and artistic films but I also love feel good features. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d get in the holiday spirit and share a heartwarming movie I recently watched – Buen Día (Guten Tag), Ramón.
Buen Día tells the adventure of a young Mexican man that decides to travel to Germany in search of better life opportunities after five failed attempts to enter the US illegally. Once he reaches his destination, he finds out the only person he knew of, that would give him stay and work, is nowhere to be found. Without a place to stay, he endures the hardship of living on the streets until he meets Ruth, a kind and caring elder lady. They develop a tender and touching friendship that goes beyond borders and language barriers. I love that this movie conveys the story of the immigrant experience with an emphasis on friendship. Watch the trailer below.
This movie was recommended by my sister Gris and made its way to my heart immediately because it was filmed in my home state of Durango. There are many movies that capture Durango but this one does a great job of showing the dry, barren and desert like nature of the village I grew up in. Ramon’s tiny hometown is pretty much a replica of where I come from. So, in the wake of the recent tragic world events, momentarily escape the grief and indignation with this uplifting movie (available on Netflix).