As the characters surmount various challenges together, Flor realizes that she and John are developing a dangerously close relationship.
More importantly, she senses that Cristina is being pulled away from her Latin roots.
See more » Let's Get It Started Written by Will.(as Will Adams), Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gómez, George Pajon Jr., Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki Performed by The Black Eyed Peas Courtesy of A&M Records Under license from Universal Music Enterpises See more » Gregory Nava's "El Norte" was a memorable journey into the Latino experience in white wealthy country.
That masterpiece had a heartbreaking scene between the Latino maid and a washing machine.
They become illegal in their own existence and step all over their own lives without noticing, trying to care, trying to be the best they can possibly be but without points of reference or enough substance for their acts to have any kind of real meaning.
Tea Leoni gives a performance of such fearlessness that sometimes you feel she may jump out of the screen."Spanglish" merely hints to a similar moment between the Latino maid and a coffee machine.The "merely hinting" is at the heart of this painful comedy of manners.A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate.Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.In the next shot when Cristina hands the blanket to Deborah the chandelier is gone.Deborah never put the chandelier down or handed it off, it simply vanished.Cloris Leachman is great as an alcoholic wise woman who doesn't want to be judged.Paz Vega represents the ideal Latin heroine in a wealthy American's story.Hired by the John and Deborah Clasky as their housekeeper, Flor contends with the language barrier, Cristina's budding femininity, and the eccentric Clasky's way of life.When Deborah and Cristina return from the flea market Deborah is holding a white chandelier in her right hand.