Life and Nothing More

Antonio Méndez Esparza
114 minutes


In his remarkable second feature – winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award – Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza follows-up his debut drama AQUI Y ALLA with another sensitive portrait of a struggling family. Stressed 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 another brush with the law, she worries he’ll wind up in prison like his father. Méndez Esparza employs documentary-style realism in this snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America.


“A near-perfect film, one that easily bears comparison with early works by the Dardenne Brothers, RUBY I PARADISE, KILLER OF SHEEP. Regina Williams’s performance is extraordinary.
— Amy Taubin, Film Comment

“Four Stars (out of four)! Regina Williams’ portrayal… is a tour de force on every level.”
— Matt Fagerholm,