Life and Nothing More


Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 6:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:102 min.
Director:Antonio Méndez Esparza
Screenwriter:Antonio Méndez Esparza
Print Source:Film Constellation Ltd.
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


In this remarkable second feature, Spanish-born writer/director Antonio Méndez Esparza follows up his drama Aquí y allá (MVFF 2012) with another sensitive portrait of the struggles of a hardworking family in the face of hardship. Stressed and overworked by her job in a diner, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) is raising her two children in northern Florida. When her 14-year-old son Andrew (Andrew Bleechington), has a brush with the law, she worries he’ll wind up like his father, in prison. But even as she deals with Andrew’s situation, Regina strives to improve her own life, seeking better employment and allowing herself to love a new man. Cinematography and sound design are outstanding in this drama that draws welcome comparisons to this year's Oscar®-winning Best Picture Moonlight. Méndez Esparza employs documentary-style realism to capture heartfelt, nuanced performances from his nonprofessional cast in this moving snapshot of race, class, and the bonds of family in contemporary America.

Additional Information

Antonio Méndez Esparza was born in Madrid and studied law before moving to the US to first study film at UCLA and then attend and graduate from Columbia University’s MFA in Filmmaking program. His latest short film, Una Y Otra Vez (2009), won numerous awards, and his first feature film, Aquí y Allá, won the Critic’s Week Grand Prize Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Since 2013, he has been teaching film at Florida State University, Tallahassee. Life and Nothing More is his second feature and first English-language film.