INTERNATIONAL CINEMA: UPON ENTRY
We continue with our series of International Cinema – where we offer the best foreign movies with English subtitles. Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián Vásquez present Upon Entry not so much as a damning condemnation of the U.S. immigration system as much as it is a deep exploration of psychology, authority, and how easily people in positions of power can abuse it.
Diego, a Venezuelan urbanist, and Elena, a contemporary dancer from Barcelona, move to the United States with their approved visas to start a new life. Their intention is to boost their professional careers and start a family in ’the land of opportunities’. But upon entering New York airport’s immigration area, they are taken to the secondary inspection room, where border officers will subject them to an unpleasant inspection process and a psychologically grueling interrogation.