Under the Same Moon

Synopsis: UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Patricia Riggen
Production: The Weinstein Company
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Come on. Let's go.

The "Migra!" The "Migra!"

- Are you okay, Rosario?

- Shh, shh.

She's getting away.

Welcome to America, Juanito.

Are you up?

What would I do without you?


Oranges, sweet and fresh!

We deliver fresh orangejuice

straight to your door.

- Hey, baby!

- Creep!

Bye, gorgeous.

- You're going to the phone?

- Sure.

- It's Sunday.

- See you later.

- Wanna buy?

- No, thanks.

Gum, gum for a peso!

Chewing gum...

Yeah, I saw her yesterday at home.

Same time, of course.

We'll take a cab.


- Carlitos?

- Mommy!

Happy birthday, sweetie!

Maybe I should start calling you Carlos.

Granny says I'll have a mustache soon.

- I'm nine.

- Did you get the gift I sent you?

I've got them on.

- There's something else coming, okay?

- What is it?

- You'll see, at your party.

- I'm ready to go to L.A., Mommy.

- I know, baby.

- I speak good English now.

I'm working very hard

so you can come soon.

You always say that.

I know, but it won't be long now,


Not long... But when?

I don't know, sweetheart.

It's so hard to get papers.

And you know how

the other lawyer robbed us.

If I can't go there,

then you come back here.

Four years is too long.

You need anything, sweetie?


Tell me where you're standing.

I'm -You know already.

Tell me anyway.

Okay, I'm standing at

a phone booth by the bus stop.

Is the pizza place still there?

Yeah. It's here.

And there's a Laundromat

where I wash my clothes every week.

They even know me by name.

- Really?

- Can you believe it?

- You know what else is here?

- What?

- A store that sells party stuff.

- Where the mural is?

Yes, there.

That's where I'll buy the stuff...

for all the parties

I'm gonna throw for you...

You have 20 seconds left on your call.

- Carlitos...

I love you with all my heart.

I love you more than

all the earth and all the sea.

And all the stars and all the sky.

Will you call me next Sunday, Mommy?

Of course I will, sweetie.

I love you so much. Enjoy all your-

You're so sweet.

Thanks for coming.

Leave the girl alone "Compadre."

What a flirt.

- Look.

- Is that it?

- Uh-huh.

- Wow.

Hey, Chito!

How cool is that?

- It's awesome!

- That's one big piata.

Yeah, my mom sent Granny

extra money to buy it for me.

You deserve it, son.

Carlitos, get my medicine please.

Ugh. Why are they here?

Those sons of-

- Good afternoon.

- Hello.

- How you doin', Benita?

- Fine.

Came by to give the boy a hug.

- We're so fond of him.

- Is that so?

Well, we're gonna go put

the candles on the cake.

- Got any matches?

- By the grill, if there's any.

Excuse us.

Don't let them get to you.

It's bad for your health.

What's up, Carlitos?

Give me five.

- Happy birthday, kiddo.

- Thanks.

No, no. Hold it!

You thought about what I said?

C'mon, Carlitos!

My granny is gonna get better.

Your granny is very sick...

and who knows when

your mother's coming back.

Someone has to take care of you.

My granny takes good care of me.

Besides, what do you care?

- Leave him alone.

- No. It's what we're here for.

Besides, he's old enough

to know the truth.

Not now, Manuel. It's his party.

Look, Carlitos.

Josefina and I are your aunt and uncle.

Neighbors. Not family.

Your dad is my brother.

- I don't have a dad.

- Yes, you do! His name is Oscar.

He lives in the U.S.

in a city called Tucson.

Go outside, son.

Hurry, Carlitos!

Carlitos, Carlitos!

You're up!

Oh, so now we're family?

If I remember, you all denied

your brother was his father.

That was a long time ago, Benita.

I'm too old for this bullshit.

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Ligiah Villalobos

Ligiah Villalobos is a Latina writer and producer. She is best known for her work as head writer for the Nick Jr. show "Go, Diego! Go!" and well as producing and writing the Sundance film "Under the Same Moon". She is on the board of the Writers Guild Foundation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Additionally, Villalobos also has a Humanitas Prize under her belt. Recently, she has written the NBC pilot 'Loteria', a pilot based on the book "The Dirty Girls Social Club", and "The Real MVP" with Queen Latifah and Shelby Stone. more…

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