“Mediterranea” is quite a curious movie about immigrants and the struggles they face in the European/African theater. Following the life and death struggle of two friends crossing the African desert to make it to Italy is stark. Both of the guys are presented as ambigious folk who aren’t above getting nasty to survive. Still, we get the purpose of the journey and why they want a better life. I appreciate seeing an indie flick that doesn’t treat immigrants like noble heroes.
Any attempt to flee home and better yourself is based in a degree of selfishness. When the two leads finally get to Italy, they see something they expected but not in that scale. Some might call it eye-opening, but I don’t feel that the film ever wants to be revelatory. “Mediterranea” focuses on the crushing reality of immigration. Home sucks and the new home might not want you there.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1 track