What is most amazing about this film is the subject matter. Who wants
to hear about deportees? Our government ships them out of our tidy
little society and it is not our problem any more. But from the opening
scenes we realize that they are real people too. What separates them
from us, is that they made a mistake and the law applies unfavourably
and unequally to them.
The three deportees have their own stories, with one thing in common. A
bad choice leads to no choices. They are no-class citizens in their
land of birth and have to live at the outskirts of society just to
survive day to day. The narratives are gripping and realistic. Even
good choices don't always lead to happy endings.
A couple comments on filming on location in T&T: I am familiar with
both Trinidad and Jamaica and the former does a decent stand-in for the
latter. There are times when a location is obvious to me (the Mall, the
market, the airport, North Coast) and I feel a little discombobulated
with the Jamaican accents, but this should not be an issue with a
general audience :) It was a real treat to have a cast with Caribbean
roots, Tatyana Ali and Fefe Dobson in particular will give you
goosebumps in their respective scenes.