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Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven

Currently being shown for the San Diego Latino Film Festival at UltraStar in Mission Valley is a film that seeks redemption in director William Wedig’s “Forged”.

This film tells the story of Chuco (Manny Perez), a man recently paroled from prison for the killing of his wife. It doesn’t take long before his old life in the form of Moose (Kevin Breznahan) returns to claim one of their own. He sends Chuco immediately to pick up a score and a lot of money.

But there is unfinished business with his young son who is now an angry young man. Machito (David Castro) seeks out his father with a warning of revenge for the killing of his mother. Trying to bring semblance back to their relationship they start with a visit to Machito’s Grandmother Dianne (Margo Martindale).

In an instant Moose turns on Chuco and the race for their lives begins. Leader Cesar (Jaime Tirelli) takes Machito hostage until the money is returned. At the exchange an event happens that changes the lives of Chuco and Machito forever.

FINAL WORD: Perez comes on strong from the moment he is on the scene. From the moment his character is released from prison, it is obvious he is not the “thug” he once was. To see Perez’ character become the father he always should have been was sad but this actor lost focus.

Castro who plays the angry Machito, seems set in his determination to never forgive his father. On this young actors face is the constant struggle for the memory of the killing and the deep need to reunite with his father emotionally - well played.

Martindale’s small role as Dianne has its poignant moment where she tells Chuco that he basically isn’t father material. On her face was the pain of a mother who has lost a child and memories drowning in alcohol.

The film was also written by actor Manny Perez along with director William Wedig. The film won Best Picture from the New York Latino Film Festival.

Other cast members include: John Bianco as Frederico, Steven Cirbus as Stanley, Lanny Flaherty as Tom, Arthur French as the Old Man, Robert Haley as Wallace, and Laura Heisler as Ashley.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Forged” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. There is so much emotion here that it’s hard to catch breath. Trying to start over on so many levels, both Wedig and Perez bring us the grit of these characters dealing with the hopes of redemption and the reality of human nature. Between them - the need to be forgiven and the inability to forgive is so strong, time seems against them. Take time to see this amazing film.

In the end – how do you forgive the unforgivable?

For more information on these films please go to www.sdlatinofilm.com

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 03:12:50
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