At this moment, we’re with more than seven billion people here on earth. We’re all ‘made’ in the same way but we couldn’t be more different. Some of us live here in London, some of us in one of the richest cities in the United States or some of us in the poorest places in Africa. However, we still have the same needs: Surviving, being loved but also being happy with the life you live. That’s what Siblings is about.
Director Laura Plancarte decided to follow two parties: Vanessa, a single mother who’s living in California, and Chuy and Chato, two brothers who are living in Mexico after their mother decided to flee to USA to try and find the American dream. At first side, it looks like both parties couldn’t be any different. Vanessa has all the luxury you could dream off while Chuy and Chato are penniless. Vanessa can rely on the technology and electricity, while the two brothers can’t. Vanessa has the chance to go to her nearby work, with a nice car, while the brothers needs to ride hours to get to their work on a very primitive scooter. And so on. However, the most important thing is their political differences. As a Trump supporter, Vanessa feels that the non-Americans are talking the jobs from the Americans, while Chuy and Chato, anti-Trump, are mentioning that non-Americans do the American jobs because they don’t want those kind of jobs.
As mentioned before, it looks like both parties don’t have anything in common, but soon it turns out that everything isn’t what it looks like. The glamour and glitz from Vanessa might be shining less than initially thought and it’s not because of the fact that Chuy and Chato don’t have any money, that they’re poor. Cause Siblings shows us that there’s so much more to life than money and luxury.
The (changing) differences between Vanessa and the two brothers weren’t only represented on screen, but during our interview with Laura Pancarte, she mentioned that the differences were also visible behind the scenes. While Vanessa was very talkative with Laura, she wasn’t very confident to participate in the movie later on, while the brothers were very shy at first because they didn’t believe Plancarte was genuinely interested in their story, they were very happy to participate once the cameras were rolling.
Just like in her previous work, Plancarte decided to focus in Siblings on human stories and the movie is packed with a lot of emotions, which makes the movie so precious and relatable for any of us. Whether you’re having the time of your life, you’re going to a rough time or whether you have all the money in the world or exactly the opposite, we all want to same. A great life with the things that matter to us and what makes us happy.
Just Celebrity Magazine Film and Celebrity Reporter Liselotte Vanophem