Recommended for ages 13+ / strong language & adult situations

On the edge of adulthood, Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) yearns to find his purpose. With his mother (Regina Williams) longing to find more to her life than parenting, Andrew is forced to take on the mounting pressure of family responsibility. However, his search for connection with an absent father leads him to a precarious crossroad. With a style that bears comparison to Italian Neorealism, this compelling drama won the 2018 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.

“One of the year’s most essential films.” —Variety

“Likely to draw comparisons with Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight ... Life & Nothing More is a slice of moving and immersive contemporary Neorealism that deserves to be celebrated on its own merits.” —Filmmaker

“Unsweetened by any score and unwilling to supply an emotional payoff, the film sometimes plays more like anthropology than cinema.” —NPR

“Persistence is the name of the game, and Antonio Méndez Esparza’s steadfast cast of first-time actors seems to know it in their bones. There isn’t a false note between them.” —IndieWire

“It’s a vital, singularly crafted film that simply tells it ... like it is through the eyes of a struggling African American single mother and the adolescent son she desperately wants to keep out of trouble against the mounting odds.” —Los Angeles Times

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Antonio Méndez Esparza
Running Time
114 minutes
Digital, Color