Where God Left His Shoes
Source: Catholic News Service
Somber but touching inner-city drama in which a down-on-his-luck professional boxer (John Leguizamo) and his 9-year-old stepson (David Castro) spend Christmas Eve crisscrossing New York in search of a job that will qualify him to move his family—including his wife (Leonor Varela) and daughter (Samantha Rose)—out of a homeless shelter and into a housing project. A brief but inappropriate sexual discussion aside, writer-director Salvatore Stabile's deeply felt but unsentimental portrait of life on the economic margins, with its social humiliations and bureaucratic stonewalling, quietly asserts the power of human dignity, marital fidelity and family solidarity in the face of challenging circumstances. Some instances of petty crime, one use of the F-word, some crude language, brief sexual references and a physical abuse theme. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. “Where God Left His Shoes” was not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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