Description of Spanglish

Topics: Culture, Family Pages: 3 (1283 words) Published: April 21, 2011
Film Analysis
By: Wilika Ebo

Film Analysis The movie Spanglish shows many examples of communication, culture, and Identity that can be seen in today’s society. Spanglish tells the story of an immigrant Mexican single mother Flor, and her efforts to raise her daughter Christina in efforts to finding a better life for her and her daughter, while working as a maid in Los Angeles. Aside from simply keeping Christina sheltered, clothed and fed, Flor strives to forge in Christina her Mexican heritage. To do this, Flor has kept Christina isolated from ``white America” as much as possible. Answering an ad for housekeeper to a wealthy family, the strictly Spanish speaking Flor is accompanied by her English speaking cousin Monica to be the translator at the job interview with Deborah Clasky. She then becomes the house keeper the affluence Caucasian Clasky family. In the beginning Flor refuses to surrender her Latino identity and decides not to learn English. Flor has to cope with the language barrier, and the different way of life. The result is an amusingly perceptive collision of cultures and values. Deborah Clasky is a former businesswoman then became a stay-at-home mother who came across as crazy to the viewers. Deborah constantly pushes her chubby young daughter, Bernice to lose weight by buying her new clothes that are too small. This lowers Bernice’s self-esteem and causes her to cry. Although Flor doesn’t understand what they are saying, she is aware of what was going on in that moment. She sees the similarities of hurt in Bernie and the narrator states “American women feel the same as Latin women about their weight”. Flor wanted to help make her feel better, so she secretly sewed the clothes so that they fit Bernice. She then asks her daughter to teach her how to say “try it on” in English so she can...
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